Highly sought after as a specialist in historical performance, tenor William Hudson has been described as “positively hypnotic” by Gramophone magazine. Dr. Hudson has performed with many of the nation’s leading early music ensembles including the Boston Early Music Festival Opera, The New York Collegium, The Waverly Consort, The Rose Ensemble, Boston Bach Ensemble, and Ensemble Project Ars Nova (PAN). He is the director and founding member of LIBER: Ensemble for Early Music which has become the foremost interpreter of late medieval music in the United States. LIBER maintains an active schedule, performing at international music festivals on four continents. Dr. Hudson also enjoys an active solo career, singing Adario in Rameau’s Les Sauvages, Doraspe in Scarlatti’s Tigrane, and Danaus in the modern premier of Holzbauer’s Hypermnestra. Other career highlights include singing the Evangelist in J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, Apollo in Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Lucano in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, and A. Stradella’s oratorio San Giovanni Battista with the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, Israel. He has recorded with Naxos, Passacaille, Titanic, Albany, and Dorian and can be heard on the Norton Recorded Anthology of Western Music.
A proponent of new music, Dr. Hudson has performed Steve Reich’s Proverb and premiered Howard Frazin’s Abraham and Isaac for the Composers in Red Sneakers, a Boston-based composers collective. Dr. Hudson has also premiered Lansing McCloskey’s Solsange, a work commissioned for LIBER and recorded on Albany Records.
An active scholar and clinician, Dr. Hudson received a 2017 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to direct a 3-week seminar on the “Courtly Lyric in the Medieval French Tradition.” In 2009 he was the winner of the Noah Greenberg award and has presented at the 2011 International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo. He has been on faculty at the Madison Early Music Festival and led master-classes and given lecture-demonstrations in performance practice at universities throughout North and South America. He has done extensive research in the anatomy and physiology of the singing voice with Dr. George Geyer, M.D. and pedagogical study with Paul Kiesgan. Dr. Hudson is interested in the use of acoustic feedback to enhance his studio teaching and to that end has worked with Donald Gray Miller and the software program VoceVista in an effort to help students gain an objective understanding of the mechanics of the singing voice.
Dr. Hudson holds a D.Mus. in Historical Vocal Performance from Indiana University and currently teaches voice and vocal pedagogy at Illinois Wesleyan University where he is also the chair of the voice and choral department.
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