Dr. Eric Hoy Tucker, basso-cantante, the son of second-generation coal miners from Fairmont, W.Va. – received his musical education from The Florida State University, The University of Illinois, and The Ohio State University. His musical mentors are Janice Harsanyi, André Thomas, and John Wustman. Dr. Tucker has appeared as bass soloist with regional symphony orchestras across the country in works such as Bach’s
Christmas Oratorio and St.
John Passion, Fauré’s
Christmas Oratorio, Beethoven’s
Mass in C, Mozart’s
Requiem, and Rossini’s
Stabat Mater. Dr. Tucker made his Carnegie Hall debut in May 2013 as soloist in Haydn’s Creation with the New York City Chamber Orchestra. Tucker was featured as the bass soloist for the 2010 World’s Fair’s presentation of the Fauré
Requiem in Shanghai, China. During the summer of 2012, Tucker was 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 of leading roles in Don Pasquale,
Le Nozze di Figaro,
L’Incoronazione di Poppea, and Il Viaggio del Reims in performances throughout Tuscany. Additionally, he taught master classes and performed in recital in Shanghai. Tucker has twice appeared as a soloist with the International Bach Festival in Trujillo, Peru. Tucker’s operatic portrayals include the major roles of Mozart, Puccini, Britten, Gilbert & Sullivan, Friml, and Ibert.
Tucker has been teaching at the collegiate level for the past fifteen years. 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, Opera Columbus, Virginia Opera, Sarasota Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Delaware, Merola Young Artist Program, Brevard Music Center, Pine Mountain Music Festival, and The Ohio Light Opera. His students have also been highly successful in musical theatre. His students are performing leading roles on Broadway as well as in National tours of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Les Miserables” in addition to regional musical theatre productions and cruise lines.
Tucker’s students have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in music at institutions such as Florida State University, Eastman School of Music, The University of Michigan, Westminster Choir College, The Ohio State University, and The University of Minnesota.
At Central Michigan University, Dr. Tucker, Professor of Voice and Opera, serves as the Coordinator of the Vocal/Choral area, teaches Vocal Techniques, and directs the Opera program as well as Applied Voice.