Associate Professor of Voice, Bass-baritone
Basso-cantante ERIC HOY TUCKER, a native of Fairmont, West Virginia, received his bachelor of music in vocal performance from Florida State University, master of music in vocal performance from the University of Illinois, and his doctor of musical arts from Ohio State University.
His operatic portrayals range from “Figaro” in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro to “Superintendent Budd” in Britten’s Albert Herring and “Colline” in La Bohéme. Professional companies with which Tucker has performed include: Florida State Opera, Illinois Opera Theatre, Muddy River Opera, South Georgia Opera, Columbus Light Opera, Canyon Moon Theatre, and the Ohio Opera Theatre. As a bass soloist, Tucker has performed with such orchestras as the Orquesta Sinfonica de Trujillo, The Midland Symphony Orchestra, the Sierra Vista Symphony, the Hilton Head Orchestra, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Chamber Symphony, and the Beloit Janesville Symphony in such works as Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Bach’s Saint John Passion, Saint Saën’s Christmas Oratorio as well as concert versions of opera.
Most recently, during the summer of 2012, Tucker performed in recital, presented masterclasses, and performed as an orchestral soloist with East China Normal University’s School of Music in Shanghai. Additionally, Tucker performed as an Artist-in-Residence for Il Corso Estivo per Giovani Cantante Lirici, a Young Artist Apprentice program for opera in Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy. While there, he sang performances in leading roles in Don Pasquale, Le Nozze di Figaro, L’Incoronazione di Poppea, and Il Viaggio del Reims in performances throughout Tuscany. Tucker has performed recitals and presented master classes in Nanjing, China and Trujillo, Peru. He was a soloist with Orquesta Sinfonica deTrujillo as part of the XII Internacional Bach Festival in Trujillo, Peru. He has performed Handel’s Messiah and Puccini’s La Bohéme with the Midland Symphony Orchestra. A champion of the art song recital, Tucker has performed recitals featuring the music of Schubert, Strauss, Ibert, and Wolf. He toured the Midwest with pianist John Wustman as part of Wustman’s Schubert Recital Series. Most recently, during the summer of 2012, Tucker performed in recital, presented masterclasses, and performed as an orchestral soloist with East China Normal University’s School of Music in Shanghai.
Tucker’s students have gone on to appear with opera companies throughout the country including: Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Carolina, Arizona Opera, Merola, Pine Mountain Music Festival, and The Ohio Light Opera. His students have also performed in leading roles with National tours of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Les Miserables” and regional musical theatre productions and cruise ships.
Additionally, his students have fared well in competitions, most notably, the Metropolitan Opera Competition, and National Association Teachers Singing competitions, at both the district and regional auditions. Several of Tucker’s students have received full graduate assistantships at leading schools of music and are now pursuing advanced graduate degrees. Prior to coming to Central Michigan University, Tucker served on the faculties of Muskingum College, the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks, and Northern Arizona University.
Phone: (989) 774-3506
Room: MU 281
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