Andrew D. Whitfield, baritone

Baritone Andrew D. Whitfield enjoys a vibrant career as a performer, teacher, and stage director. In addition to appearances with Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Southwest, and Pensacola Opera, Andrew was a resident artist with Portland Opera Works and toured with outreach programs for Opera Kansas and Opera Birmingham. Other performance highlights include engagements with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and the Peoria Bach Festival. He has been a featured soloist in the Brahms Requiem (Grinnell College) and in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass (with the Luther College Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, MN.) He performed as the baritone soloist in the world premier of Mohammed Fairouz’s Anything Can Happen with the Grinnell College Singers at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois. Along with his colleague Jessica Paul, he has presented Schubert’s Winterreise numerous times in recital in Iowa, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Texas. Also, his recording of Brooke Joyce’s Three Iowa Ballads, released on innova, has received notable praise. Recent appearances include performances of Handel’s Messiah, as well as chamber music recitals at The Baroque Room in St. Paul, MN and as part the Second City Chamber Series in Tacoma, WA.

Originally from Shelbyville, Indiana, Andrew received the Bachelor of Music degree from Butler University, the Master of Music degree from Wichita State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University. He currently serves as Professor of Music and Coordinator of Opera at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he teaches applied voice and opera workshop. He is also a founder and director of the International Music Festival of the Adriatic, a summer chamber music festival for piano, strings, voice, and composition in Duino, Italy.

Performance Resume

Opera

Owl Owl at Home NE Iowa Library Tour 2019
Doctor La Memoria di Medea International Music Festival of the Adriatic 2016
Second Priest The Magic Flute Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre 2008
Marullo Rigoletto Dubuque Symphony Orchestra 2006
Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro Louisiana State University 2003
Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia Louisiana State University 2002
Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream Louisiana State University 2002
Masetto Don Giovanni Pensacola Opera 2002
Don Giovanni Don Giovanni (student matinee) Pensacola Opera 2002
Papageno The Magic Flute Louisiana State University 2001
Speaker The Magic FluteOpera Southwest 2001
Marco Gianni Schicchi Des Moines Metro Opera 2001
Wolf/Woodsman Little Red Riding Hood Opera Birmingham Outreach 2001
Dandini Cinderella (abridged) Portland Opera Works! 2000-2001
Assan The Consul Des Moines Metro Opera 2000
Le Directeur Les Mamelles de Tirésias Wichita State University 2000
Paul The Desert Song Wichita State University 2000
Mr. Kofner The Consul Wichita State University 1999
Frank Die Fledermaus Music on the Lake at Quisisana 1998
Mr. Lindquist A Little Night Music Wichita State University 1998
Despard Ruddigore Wichita State University 1997
Sam Trouble in Tahiti Butler University 1996
Stefano Viva la Mamma Butler University 1996

Oratorio

  • Handel, Messiah: Trinity Lutheran Church, Peoria, IL, 2015
  • Handel, Messiah (Part I): Decorah Lutheran Church (Decorah, IA), 2013
  • J.S. Bach, BWV 140, “Wachet auf:” Decorah Bach Ensemble, December 2012
  • J.S. Bach, BWV 82, “Ich habe genug:” Friedenskirche, Jena, Germany, 2012
  • Mohammed Fairouz, Anything Can Happen, Grinnell College Singers, Chicago, IL & Grinnell, IA, 2012
  • Handel, Messiah (Part I): First Lutheran Church (Decorah, IA), 2011
  • J.S. Bach, BWV 6, “Bleib bei uns:” Luther College, 2011
  • Haydn, Lord Nelson Mass, Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis, MN), 2011
  • Haydn, Lord Nelson Mass, Luther College, 2011
  • Brahms, Ein deutsches Requiem, The Grinnell Oratorio Society, 2011
  • J.S. Bach, St. Matthew Passion (Jesus): Peoria Bach Festival, June 2010
  • J.S. Bach, BWV 140, “Wachet auf:” Decorah Bach Ensemble, December 2009
  • J.S. Bach, BWV 61, “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland:” Peoria Bach Festival, June 2008; Lutheran Summer Music, 2009
  • J.S. Bach, BWV 1, “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern:” Peoria Bach Festival, June 2008
  • J.S. Bach, BWV 80, “Ein’ feste Burg:” Peoria Bach Festival, June 2008
  • Handel, Messiah: St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, Peoria, IL, 2006
  • J.S. Bach, BWV 71, “Gott ist mein König:” Lutheran Summer Music, 2006
  • J.S. Bach, BWV 80, “Ein’ feste Burg:” Luther College, 2004
  • Fauré, Requiem: First United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, LA, 2003
  • Handel, Messiah: Tuscaloosa Community Singers, University of Alabama, 2001
  • Handel, Messiah: Wichita State University, 2000

Recitals and Chamber Music

  • Luther College Faculty Recitals: 2004-2019
  • International Music Festival of the Adriatic (Italy, Slovenia) Faculty Concerts: 2013-2018
  • Guest Recital: Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA, 2017
  • Guest Recital: Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI, 2017
  • Guest Recital: Second City Chamber Series (Tacoma, WA), 2016
  • Luther College Baroque, The Baroque Room, St. Paul, MN, 2015
  • Guest Recital: Luther College Baroque, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, 2015
  • Guest Recital: Winterreise (Schubert), Texas Lutheran University, 2014
  • Guest Lecture Recital: Pacific Lutheran University, 2012
  • Guest Recital: Winterreise (Schubert), University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 2011
  • Guest Recital: Winterreise (Schubert), Colorado State University, 2011
  • Ein musikalisches Fest, Music of the German Baroque: Luther College, 2008
  • Ein musikalisches Fest: Trinity Lutheran Church, Peoria, IL, 2008
  • Guest Recital: Bradley University, Peoria, IL, 2008
  • Guest Recital: Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL, 2007
  • Guest Recital: Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI, 2006
  • Doctoral Lecture Recital: Louisiana State University, 2004
  • Trinity Artist Series: Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans, LA, 2003
  • Doctoral Recital: Louisiana State University, 2002
  • Graduate Recital: Wichita State University, 2000
  • Undergraduate Recitals: Butler University, 1995, 1996, 1997

Media

To see and hear excerpts of Andrew’s performances, please visit his YouTube channel.