American countertenor Jay Carter’s recent appearances include Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion with the American Bach Soloists and the Choir of Saint Thomas Church, Handel’s Messiah with the National Symphony and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Handel’s Saul with Musica Vocale and the Kansas City Baroque Consortium, Handel’s Jeptha with Ars Lyrica, and the North American premiere of John Tavener’s Lament for Jerusalem with the Choral Arts Society of Washington. In addition to his performances of music of the Baroque, Mr. Carter has premiered works by John Tavener, Augusta Read Thomas, Chester Alwes, and Anthony Maglione. Highlights of the 2017 season include appearances throughout North America with Maasaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan, the Portland Baroque Festival, and the Saint Louis Symphony in Vivaldi’s Gloria and opera arias.
Mr. Carter received a master’s in music from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music where he was a pupil of Simon Carrington, Judith Malafronte, and James Taylor. He received his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College where he studied voice with Arnold Epley. He currently lives in Liberty, MI with his family, and serves as Artist-in-Residence at William Jewell College. As a researcher and clinician, Mr. Carter frequently presents masterclasses and lecture recitals for colleges, universities, and presenting organizations throughout the United States. This performance marks his debut under San Francisco Symphony auspices.