Dr. Randel R. Wagner earned his Doctorate of Music in voice performance and pedagogy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his Master's degree from San Diego State University in choral conducting and voice performance. After completing a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Walla Walla College, Dr. Wagner taught choral and vocal music at the high school level in San Diego.
After study at San Diego State University, he taught at the college level in Texas and Nebraska. Before accepting the position at EWU, he was on the voice faculty at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland and was the Director of Choral Activities at Hammond High School in Columbia, Maryland. Dr. Wagner has a busy performing and conducting schedule. As a professional baritone he performed with the Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and Coeur d'Alene Opera Companies.He was a freeland singer in San Francisco that included work with the San Francisco Opera. As a conductor, his work ranges from appearances at the Oregon Bach Festival and the N.W. Bach Festival to Musical Theater and the Spokane Civic Theater.
He has presented recitals and master classes across the United States, in Europe and Asia. His awards include Regional Finalist, Metropolitan Opera Auditions; National Finalist, NATS Singer of the Year Competition; and the Nicolai Gedda Award, Music Academy of the West. He has worked with conductors Helmut Rilling, Robert Shaw, Roger Wagner, Paul Salamunovich, Joseph Flummerfelt, Howard Swan, Elmer Iseler, Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter, Jon Robertson, Bruce Ferden, Frank Almond, Gerard Schwarz, and Eduardo Müller. His voice teachers and coaches include Martial Singher, Gwendolyn Koldofsky, George Trovillo, Cornelius Reid, Marianna Busching, Armen Guzelimian, Maurice Allison, Julian Patrick, Ellen Mack, George Fiore, Elly Ameling and Ellen Faull.
As a clinician, Dr. Wagner has conducted the Nebraska Honor Choir, the Archdiocese of Seattle Choral festival at Beniroyal hall, Festival of the Arts (Spokane), North Idaho Honor Choir Festival and the Montana Honor Treble Choir. As an adjudicator he has judged the Northwest Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Oregon Choir Championships, state large ensemble choral festivals, and state solo and ensemble festivals in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon.
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