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Dr. Wesley Dunnagan
A native of Wabash Indiana, Dr. Wesley Dunnagan has been fortunate to perform across the United States and abroad. A specialist in oratorio and concert repertoire, he has been praised for his “unfailing eloquence” as the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. He has also been heard in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Notre Dame Vocale and baritone Nathan Gunn in the title role, tenor soloist in numerous works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and others. A passionate recitalist, he has presented diverse art song repertoire and chamber music from Medieval to contemporary works. Recently, he has appeared as a principal artist with Madison’s monthly series Just Bach, the Wisconsin Chamber Choir, Madison Bach Musicians, the University of Wisconsin’s annual Schubertiade, South Bend Lyric Opera, South Bend Symphony, Kettle Moraine Symphony, Schola Cantorum in Mountain View, California, and Bach Collegium in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Wesley received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice and Opera from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was also a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow in Italian. He holds a Bachelor of the Arts with Distinction in German Studies and Music from Stanford University and a Master of Sacred Music from the University of Notre Dame. In addition, he spent a year as a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholar at the Berlin University of the Arts, where he studied under Berliner Kammersänger Peter Maus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Dr. Dunnagan is Coordinator of Voice Studies at Fort Lewis College, where he also leads the Baroque Ensemble and teaches courses in Music History and Performance Practice.