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Aaron Agulay

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Office: Kimbrough 145
School of Music
Pullman, WA 99164-5300
Washington State University
PO Box 645300
Email: aaron.agulay@wsu.edu
(509) 335-8587

Clinical Assistant Professor, Voice, Diction, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature

Baritone, Dr. Aaron Agulay is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Music and Voice at Washington State University where he teaches Studio Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature and Diction for Singers.  Prior to WSU, he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in performance, pedagogy and literature from James Madison University in 2016 and has been teaching with the vocal/choral department at the Conservatory of Shenandoah University.

In addition to his teaching career, Dr. Agulay has extensive performing experience in venues and organizations worldwide, ranging from summer-stock theaters to nationally and internationally renowned opera houses.  As the Grand Prize winner, Audience Choice and Director’s Choice of the Annapolis Opera Competition, he was praised with “…strong sound and stage craft…an acting baritone,” (The Baltimore Sun), and as the title character in Elena Kats-Cherin’s The Rage of Life at Konzert Theater Bern, “Possesses rich and exciting baritone timbres…executes a fine technique in an almost tenorial tesitura role.” (Kultureagenda, Bern, CH).

Some memorable performances include singing the role of Mr. Lindquist in “A Little Night Music” directed and designed by American fashion designer Isaac Mizarahi with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts singing the baritone solo in “The Wound-Dresser” by John Adams under the composer’s baton. Agulay made his operatic debut in Europe as a member of the Internationales Opern Studio and mainstage cast with Opernhaus Zürich. From his many mainstage roles, highlights include being a part of the world premiere of Marc-André Dalbavie’s Gesualdo, Anno Schreier’s Die Stadt der Blinden and also singing in Leo Nucci’s last performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto. He also was featured in a run of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s original production of Rossini’s Le Comte Ory alongside Javier Camerena and Cecilia Bartoli, which is now featured on a Live Digital Video Recording by Decca Music Group Limited.

Dr. Agulay’s musical training started with his Bachelors of Music under the tutelage of Kevin McMillan at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.  He earned his Master Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park as part of the Maryland Opera Studio where he studied with Dominic Cossa, and was selected by Marilyn Horne during her artist in residency to be a part of The Song Continues master class series at Carnegie Hall. While attending Oberlin Conservatory for an Artist Diploma, he was part of the last studio of world-renowned voice pedagogue the late Richard Miller. Agulay was also a young artist with Opera Theatre St. Louis’ Gerdine Young Artist Program, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Program with Central City Opera, The Aspen Opera Center and The Opera Program at The Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity.

Dr. Agulay is an active recitalist and adjudicator.  He also maintains a private voice studio as well as regularly teaching master classes and clinics for schools and universities.  He is a native of London, Ontario, Canada.

 

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