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TENOR ERIK RASMUSSEN
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Erik Rasmussen's unique and colorful tenor voice has been described as "youthful, amusing, and crowd-pleasing." (Brooklyn Discovery) Hailing from Brentwood, New York, his sensitive artistry and instinctual stagecraft have led him to thrill audiences across the United States. Equally at home with a variety of genres including opera, oratorio, art song, and more, he was awarded first prize at the 2020 NATS Central New York Finger Lakes Region competition in the Upper Advanced College/Independent Studio category.
As an operatic artist, Rasmussen has appeared in numerous leading and supporting roles such as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with the Queens College Opera (canceled due to COVID-19), Oronte in Alcina with the Amadeus Opera Company, Jonathan in a semi-staged production of Saul and King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Arnold Schwartz Memorial Concert Series, Camille de Rosillon in The Merry Widow with the Hillman Opera, and more. In concert, he has presented works by Benjamin Britten and Adolphus Hailstork in a recital titled Illuminations of Love and Justice at The Interchurch Center and LeFrak Concert Hall with internationally-renowned pianist Cullan Bryant, and has performed as the tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Lake Junaluska Singers under the direction of Mary Huff. Having an appreciation and aptitude for new music, Rasmussen has been involved in the performing of several world premieres, including Jason Leger Handron's Three Poems by Stephen Crane and Matthew Jihoon Pellegrino's Love Songs from the Lost Lands with the Ethos New Music Society, Gilda Lyons' Momotombo with Musica Viva NY, and Persis Vehar's SHOT! with Nickel City Opera.
As a choral freelancer in the New York City area, Rasmussen has recently appeared in performances with the Bard Music Festival's celebration of Sergei Rachmaninoff under the direction of James Bagwell and Leon Botstein, Musica Viva NY under the direction of Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez and Trent Johnson, the Leon Thompson Men's Chorus under the direction of Courtney Carey, the Riverside Church of New York City with Christopher Johnson and Christopher Creaghan, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine with Kent Tritle, and more. Rasmussen's upcoming concert engagements include his December 2022 debut at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center with Courtney's Stars of Tomorrow, Love and Light: A vocal quartet recital featuring Brahms' Liebeslieder Bk. 1 at the Christ Chapel Chamber Series, and more.
Rasmussen earned his Master of Music from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and his Bachelor of Music from the SUNY Fredonia School of Music. He has participated in summer training programs at Classical Singing and New York in June, Spotlight on Opera, and SongFest, and has served as a resident staff singer at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center for two consecutive summers. He is currently a staff singer at The Riverside Church of New York City and teaches private voice and beginning piano lessons in the Long Island, New York area and virtually.