Ian Schipper, bass-baritone, is “a rising singer whose rich, powerful voice is thrilling audiences” both as soloist and in choral ensembles. Having received a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Economics cum Laude at St. Olaf College, Mr. Schipper will be attending the UCLA Herb Albert School of Music to pursue a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance. He has recently featured as Bass Soloist in St. Olaf’s presentation of the St. John Passion, Christ lag in Todes Banden, and Magnificat, as well as being a staff singer at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, serving both in the choir and as a soloist. This summer, he will be making his European operatic premier as Sarastro in the Trentino Music Festival’s presentation of Die Zauberflöte. Additional summer institutes include the Aspen Summer Music Festival, American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, and the Oregon Bach Festival Stangeland Youth Choral Academy. He recently placed 3 rd in the MTNA National Young Artist Voice competition. Mr. Schipper has studied voice with Emery Stephens, Robert C. Smith and Wilfred Williams of St. Olaf College, and Michael Meraw of New England Conservatory. He is also an award-winning composer with Music Teachers National Association. Mr. Schipper hails from Portland, Oregon.