Jeremy S. Ribando began singing professionally at age 16 in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He continues to perform as tenor soloist and was a resident tenor at the Masterworks Festival (New York) where he sung the role of Vasek in the Bartered Bride and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. He has appeared with Opera Grand Rapids and the Evangelical Chorale Society of Grand Rapids where he has sung the tenor solos in Mozart's Coronation Mass, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Handel's Dixit Dominus, and Bizet's Te Deum. He most recently appeared with Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra in William Schuman's Casey at the Bat, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, and as Prince Yamadori in Puccini's Madame Butterfly. Also, no stranger to musical theater he has performed recent roles such as the Beast in Northwest Florida State Colleges production of Beauty And the Beast and Teen Angel in Grease.
Also a published composer, he has received commissions/performances from Western Michigan University, Cornerstone University (Michigan), Grand Valley State University (Michigan), Michigan State University, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, South Florida Symphony, Altoona Symphony Orchestra, and Hampton Roads Philharmonic. His choral compositions have been performed/recorded by high school, church, and university choirs, and his instrumental compositions have been premiered by members of the Grand Rapids Symphony, Lansing Symphony, and the Dayton Symphony. He has worked with such notable American composers as William Bolcolm, Ricky Ian Gordon, and Charles Ruggiero. Dr. Ribando has also been recognized with awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), Yamaha, The Boeing Corporation and the Michigan Arts Council. In addition to composition and theory degrees from Cornerstone University and Western Michigan University, he has studied opera/coaching with Delta David Gier and voice with Stanley Kolk - Stadtische Oper, Frankfurt (retired). Dr. Ribando has held positions at Western Michigan University, Cornerstone University, and Michigan State University. He currently is the Chair of the Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts Division at Northwest Florida State College where he teaches voice, music theory, and music technology.
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