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Tenor Jason Vest enjoys a full life as an active musician and educator. Vest is a versatile performer who enjoys equally the challenges of opera, concert, recital, and professional choral work. As a soloist, he has been featured with Amarillo Opera, Stara Zagora and Plovdiv opera houses in Bulgaria, Cincinnati Chamber Opera, and many others. Vest has worked with composers to premiere their works in roles he originated or debuted, such as Douglas Pew’s The Good Shepherd and Bradley Ellingboe’s Star Song. Baroque works have been a particular focus lately for Vest as he has soloed in Bach’s Mass in B minor, St Matthew Passion, and numerous cantatas.

As a recitalist, Vest delights in the opportunity to communicate closely with audiences and has performed for the Mexico Liederfest in Monterrey and the Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival in Albuquerque. He particularly enjoys singing the songs of Benjamin Britten, Hugo Wolf, Robert Schumann, and modern American composers, and he has sung their music in recitals across the United States. Most recently, he recorded an album of Richard Hundley’s songs, which will soon be released through Roven Records.

Vest is a member of the Grammy-award winning choral group, Conspirare, under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson. He also sings with the Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, and the St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Choir.

Vest is Assistant Provost and Associate Professor of Voice at Northern Kentucky University. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Kentucky after earning a Bachelor of Music from Butler University and a Master of Music from Brigham Young University. Jason is a staff writer for Classical Singer magazine and has also published in the Journal of Singing. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife and four children.


Jason Vest, DMA