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 has also been a resident artist with Portland Opera Works. His other performance highlights include engagements with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and the Peoria Bach Festival. His recording of Brooke Joyce’s Three Iowa Ballads, released on the Innova label, has received notable praise.. In 2011 Andrew was the baritone soloist in the Brahms Requiem at Grinnell College, and he also sang the baritone solos in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass at Luther College and in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. In March 2012 Andrew was the baritone soloist in the world-premiere performance of Mohammed Fairouz's Anything Can Happen with the Grinnell College Singers at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois.
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 Associate Professor of Music at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he teaches applied voice and opera workshop. He is also a co-founder and co-director of the International Music Festival of the Adriatic, a summer chamber music festival for piano, strings, voice, and composition in Duino, Italy. With his Luther colleague Jessica Paul, Andrew has performed Schubert’s celebrated cycle Winterreise numerous times, including in Colorado, Iowa, and Wisconsin during February and March of 2011, and also in Texas in January of 2014.