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 Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Saint-Saëns’ 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
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.
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.