Alan Dunbar is a versatile performer, composer, arranger, scholar, and teacher. Lauded for his beautiful tone and his nuanced musical and textual interpretation, Alan’s solo engagements include performances with Madison Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Voices of Ascension, Gotham Chamber Opera, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, as well as solo recitals at the Ordway Theater, the Ravinia Steans Institute, the Oslo Grieg Festival, the American Swedish Institute, and the Apollo Chamber Music Festival. He has also collaborated with choreographer/director Mark Morris in performances with the Mark Morris Dance Group, as well as in the Stravinsky chamber opera Renard.
Alan was a founding member of the Minnesota-based internationally acclaimed male chamber vocal ensemble Cantus (www.cantussings.org), and sang throughout North America and Europe with the ensemble from 1998-2004, performing and leading clinics and workshops at the Oregon Bach Festival, the Sixth World Symposium on Choral Music, the AmericaFest Choral Festival, the International Choral Kathaumixw, as well as numerous state, regional, and national ACDA and MEA conventions. During his time with Cantus, Alan composed and arranged pieces for the ensemble that are still performed regularly as a part of the group’s repertoire and appear on multiple Cantus recordings.
Alan holds a BA in music theory and composition from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and an MM and DM in vocal performance from Indiana University. His scholarly and performing interests include the vast body of Scandinavian solo vocal repertoire largely unknown to American singers, as well as the works of 20th-century German composer Hanns Eisler. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at Winona State University.