Lecturer/Classical Vocal Studies
choral conductor, singer, teacher, has enjoyed a career spanning more than 30 years performing concerts and recitals in 60+ countries, giving Master Classes and Choral Workshops trying to share his love of music with others. In August 2008 after living for 27 years in Europe, Ira Spaulding returned to his native New York to accept the position of Professor of Vocal and Choral Music at City College of New York. That same month he was named the new Artistic Director of the Park Slope SIngers in Brooklyn. Although he is most active in building the choral/vocal program at CCNY he has continued to sing concerts in Europe when possible (Elias in Stuttgart in October 2008, as well as singing the Passions of J. S. Bach in Holland during the Easter weeks each year. He gave a series of recitals in the Caribbean during the spring of ’09 and in addition to conducting two concerts with the Lithuanian Chamber Choir “Aukuras” in December 2009, he made his debut conducting the Belarussian State Philharmonic Choir in Minsk in October of 2010 and as a result, he has been invited to conduct at the Prokofieff Festival in the Ukraine in April of 2011. Ira Spaulding will sing the bass solos in Haydn’s Paukenmesse at the New York City Peace Concert on New Year’s Eve in the Catherdral of St. John the Divine December 31, 2010. Further concerts in April include the St. John & St. Matthew Passions of J. S. Bach and Händel’s Messiah in Europe. The summer of 2011 will find him conducting choral workshops and Master Classes in the Middle East countries of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq & Jordan. As part of "American Voices" Ira Spaulding has sung in more than 55 countries since 1998. During the 2000-2001 season alone he appeared in Saudi Arabia, Malta, Tunesia, Greece, Bahrain, Lithuania, Albania, Russia, Bosnia, and made his first appearances in Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma). In January 2007 Mr. Spaulding returned to Moscow at the invitation of Maestro Boris Tevlin to conduct his Moscow State Conservatory Chorus in the great hall of the conservatory as part of his anniversary program! Ira Spaulding has also conducted choirs from the conservatories of Saigon, Almaty, Kiev, Vilnius, Baku, Banja Luka, Guadalajara, and Minsk among others. Besides appearing in recital as part of American Voices, he has also sung with orchestras in Mendoza (Argentina), Bolivia, Tirana (Albania) and El Salvador. In 2008 he will teach for the third time in Taipei, Taiwan and the summer Academy which American Voices presents there. Mr. Spaulding has given vocal Master Classes and Choral Workshops in nearly all these countries. As a choral conductor he conducted the Dutch Radio chorus for radio concert, the oratorio choir of the University of Amsterdam for 10 years never repeating a program (concerts included Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Requiems of Faure Verdi Mozart Brahms Durufle, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Brahms Schicksalslied, Lindberg's Requiem for choir and Jazz band, and J. S. Bach's Magnificat), and from the fall of 1990 until the spring of 2008 the chamber choir VOCOZA (including tours of Germany with this choir singing Mozart's Requiem and Purcell's Funeral Music for Queen Mary). Ira Spaulding taught at the Conservatory of Amsterdam for twenty years and was coached in Holland by Aafje Heynis at the suggestion of Jessye Norman. Ira Spaulding had moved to Europe in 1981 and his reputation as a choral conductor, soloist and teacher immediately grew. Already in 1982 he was invited by Jessye Norman to sing the baritone role in the Robert Wilson production and recording in Paris of "Great Day In the Morning". The following year he sang on the Dutch television show "Jonge Mensen op het Concert Podium" (Young People on the Concert Podium) and made his debut as a concert singer in the Concertgebouw singing the soli in Händel’s "Messiah" with the Amsterdam Philharmonisch Orkest. He has since sung several times in the Concertgebouw's "Kleine zaal" and also conducted in the "Grote zaal" Mendelssohn’s Elias with Oratorio Choir of the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Promenade Orkest. As a concert singer, he is often heard in such works as the Passions of J. S. Bach which he has sung more than 100 times, the requiems of Brahms, Fauré Mozart and Verdi, the Elias (Elijah) & Paulus (St. Paul) oratorios of Mendelssohn but also Porgy & Bess (Concertgebouw 1992) and the musicals Showboat and Oklahoma (with the Rotterdam Philharmonic). Recitals have brought him not only to England Germany and Belgium but also the Donau cities of Passau, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Ira Spaulding studied with Robert Simpson at Westminster Choir College in Princeton New Jersey (Bachelor of Music) and also holds a Master of Music form Eastern Kentucky University in Voice Performance and Choral Conducting.
B.M., Westminster Choir College, M.M., Eastern Kentucky University
Ira Spaulding teaches the following courses at CCNY;
- Private Voice Instruction to Undergraduate and Graduate Students
- Voice Class II
- CCNY Chorus
- CCNY Vocal Ensemble
In February 2011 Professor Spaulding gave a clinic for Dexter High School (Michigan) during their visit to New York. March 24, 2011 will be the first open house for the Classical Voice/Choral Department held at CCNY. Students, teachers, parents are all welcome to come at 4:15PM to meet with Professor Spaulding at City College and learn more about the Classical Vocal program here, as well as listen to a rehearsal of the CCNY Chorus which is preparing Schubert's Mass in G for performance on May 4th combined with the CCNY Orchestra at 7:30 PM in the Great Hall.