Karl Dent, Class of 1975
Karl Dent, tenor, is Professor of Voice & Choral Studies at Texas Tech University, having served on the School of Music faculty for 19 years. He formerly served on the music faculties of Hardin-Simmons University and The University of Texas at Dallas. Mr. Dent earned the Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification degree at Centenary College, and the Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree at The University of North Texas.
During his tenure on the Tech faculty, Mr. Dent has graduated from his studio many singers with excellent professional potential, many of whom have gone on to advanced careers in opera, oratorio, and concert repertoire. These singers are making substantial contributions to their chosen fields, and are advancing the reputation of their former studio and of the Texas Tech University School of Music.
In addition to a singing studio and career, and for the last five years, Mr. Dent has taken up several new passions and careers Ė as a director of a male chorus, and as composer/arranger. Appointed director of the TTU male chorus in 2008, Mr. Dent reformed the group under the named MATADOR SINGERS, and began a new direction for this choir. Fifty voices strong, this ensemble has gained a place in the musical culture and traditions at TTU (see Ensembles). As a composer/arranger, Mr. Dent has written or arranged nearly 60 arrangements for male voices, many of which are usually programmed for the MATADOR SINGERS. His first composition to be published, entitled Gloria in excelsis Deo, will be released by Carl Fischer Publications in 2013.
Karl Dent has performed extensively in oratorio, concert and recital, having appeared nationally with numerous symphony orchestras. Mr. Dent made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 1993 as soloist in the Berlioz Requiem, under the direction of Robert Shaw, and returned there in 1994 to sing the tenor arias in Bachís St. John Passion with the Orchestra of St. Lukeís. He made his 1991 debut with the New York Philharmonic in Mozartís Great Mass in C Minor. He has also appeared in return engagements with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston, San Antonio, and Washington, D.C.
Recent engagements include performances of Bachís B Minor Mass with the Atlanta Symphony and at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Lukeís, Robert Shaw conducting; Handelís Messiah with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra; and Bachís St. Matthew Passion on the Highlander Concert Series, Dallas. In addition, Mr. Dent assisted in dedicating the new concert facility at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, by appearing as tenor soloist in Verdiís Requiem, Robert Shaw conducting.
Other recents appearances have included Schubertís Mass in E Flat with The Cleveland Orchestra, Mendelssohnís Elijah at Carnegie Hall under Robert Shaw, and also with Richard Hickox and the Dallas Symphony, Mozartís Coronation Mass with Christopher Hogwood and the Handel & Haydn Society, Haydnís The Creation with the Naples Symphony, and Handelís Messiah with the Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz, conducting. He has also appeared recently in performances of Mozartís Great Mass in C Minor and Barberís Prayers of Kirkegaard with the Baltimore Symphony, Rachmaninoffís The Bells and the Berliozí LíEnfance du Christ with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony, Rachmaninoffís Vespers at the New Yorkís Church of St. John the Divine, Mozartís Coronation Mass with Christopher Hogwood and the San Antonio Symphony, Handelís Messiah with Christopher Seamons and the San Francisco Symphony, and Bachís St. John Passion with the North Carolina Symphony.
Opera engagements include performances with the companies of Dallas, Albuquerque, Fort Worth, and Shreveport, highlighted by portrayals of Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. Mr. Dent created the role of Conrad in the world premiere of Thomas Pasatieriís The Goose Girl. Mr. Dent has also appeared as soloist at major music festivals, including Mozartís Requiem with Robert Shaw at the Tanglewood Music Festival, as well as the Cincinnati May Festival, the Bach Aria Festival in Stony Brook, the Round Top Early Music Festival, and the New Texas Festival. His numerous performances with Robert Shaw began in the 1989 performances of Mendelssohnís Elijah with the Dallas Symphony, and include the world premiere of Menottiís For the Death of Orpheus for tenor, chorus and orchestra with the Atlanta Symphony. In addition, he has attended the Robert Shaw Institute in Quercy, France as soloist in the Rachmaninoff Vespers, Bachís Mass in B Minor and Aus der tiefe, and the Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer.
Mr. Dentís recording credits on the TELARC label include two Grammy winning recordings. Most recently, Mr. Dent received a Grammy as principal soloist in Rachmaninoffís The Bells, which won Best Choral Recording for 1997. The Rachmaninoff Vespers, recorded in 1989, featuring Mr. Dent as soloist, was awarded a Grammy for Best Technical Recording for 1990. Other recordings include the Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer, the Schubert Songs for Male Chorus, and Grand & Glorious, a recording of opera choruses. His recording with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony of Janacekís Glagolitic Mass received a Grammy nomination as Best Choral Recording of 1990. Most recently, Mr. Dent appears as soloist on the CONSPIRARE recording, through the green fuse.