Gregory Lee Harrell
Associate Professor of Voice
M.M., B.M., Vocal Performance, University of Idaho, Lionel Hampton School of Music
G.D., Manhattan School of Music
G.D., Centro Culturale Tiberius, Italy
Gregory Lee Harrell has taught Private Voice for the School of Music specializing in music theatre performance at Western Michigan University since 2008. He served as Vocal Director and Music Arranger for the annual WMU Music Theatre Senior Showcase in New York City and previously taught Private Voice, Voice for Actors, Singing for Non-Majors and assisted with the Opera Workshop at the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music. Harrell has completed additional study at Manhattan School of Music’s Professional Musical Theatre Program, New York's HB Studio, T. Schreiber Studio and the NY School for Film and Television.
Harrell is an accomplished performer, teacher, and music/vocal director and his private New York City voice studio includes numerous Broadway artists. He has studied with such distinguished artists as Mark Oswald, Sherrill Milnes, Dawn Upshaw, Joan Dornemann, Arlene Shrut, Bob Cowart, Lucy Arner, Bill Schuman, Adele Addison, Paul Gemignani, Paul Ford, Seth Rudetsky, Betty Buckley, Austin Pendleton, Donna McKechnie and Bruce Norris.
As an operatic baritone, Harrell has sung at New York City Opera, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center′s Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, Opera Orchestra of New York, Washington National Opera, Eugene Opera, Dicapo Opera, Brooklyn Philharmonia Orchestra, National Lyric Opera, Opera Northeast, Metro Lyric Opera and Opera at Florham. Among his many opera credits are New York City Opera′s productions of Margaret Garner (NY Premiere), La Fanciulla del West, Antony and Cleopatra, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, King Arthur, Ariane et Barbe-Bleue and Carmina Burana. Other select roles performed include Marcello and Schaunard (La Boheme); Sharpless (Madam Butterfly); Gianni Schicchi and Betto (Gianni Schicchi); Silvio (I Paligiacci); Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia); Dr. Falke and Frank (Die Fledermaus); El Dancairo (Carmen); Father (Hansel and Gretel); Dimitri Petrovsky (Chekhov Trilogy – NY Premiere); Mr. Ault (Pamelia – World Premiere) and Mr. Browne (The Dead – World Premiere). He has performed as a soloist in Mozart′s Requiem; Brahm′s Ein Deutsches Requiem; Vaughan William′s Five Mystical Songs; Haydn′s Mass In Time Of War; Handel's Messiah, and Saint-Saëns′ Christmas Oratorio, and has given concerts across the U.S. and in Italy: Bologna, Florence, and Rimini.
Harrell′s work also includes films, TV and radio commercials, industrials, tours and numerous musicals and plays. As a musical theatre artist, he has performed Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre, York Theatre, Playwright Horizons, and Beckett Theatre, as well as the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Joe′s Pub, the Producer′s Club, Don′t Tell Mama, The Duplex Cabaret Theater, 88′s, Grove Street, Courtyard Playhouse, Chashama, Blue Heron, and Storm Theatre. Regionally, Harrell has performed at Seattle′s 5th Avenue Theatre, Helen Hayes Performing Arts Coliseum, Stamford Center for the Arts, Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Seattle′s Civic Light Opera and the Palace Theater. Favorite theatre roles include the Phantom (Yeston′s Phantom); Fred/Petruchio (Kiss Me Kate); Billy Bigelow (Carousel); Lancelot (Camelot); Jesus and Caiaphas (Jesus Christ Superstar); Pirate King and Sergeant (Pirates of Penzance); Lord Savage (Jekyll & Hyde); Prince Nicki (My One and Only); Audrey II Voice (Little Shop of Horrors); Bill Sykes (Oliver); Jasper (Mystery of Edwin Drood); Rooster and Daddy Warbucks (Annie); Beauregard (Mame); Squash (Victor/Victoria); Tom/Phyllis/Leslie (Sylvia); Histangua (A Flea in Her Ear), and George (Hedda Gabbler). Harrell has originated the roles of Marquis d'Evremonde (Two Cities); Nanaka Noru (Hameko & Lulu); Caleb Proctor (Winter In Paradise); Spartico and Bruno Cecconi (Belissima); King Louis XIV (Liberty Smith); D.B. Norton (Meet John Doe: The Musical) and Henry Ford and Frank Esty (Dream Mountain).
Harrell has performed on stage with such remarkable performers as Placido Domingo, Marcello Giordani, Catherine Malfitano, Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Patricia Racette, Lauren Flanigan, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Brandon Jovanovich and Michael Todd Simpson. He has worked with such notable conductors and stage directors as Larry Fuller, Joe Calarco, Steven Crawford, George Manahan, Mark Morris, Jiri Belohlavek, Jane Glover, Anton Coppola, Eve Queler, Leon Botstein, Giovanni Reggioli, Lillian Groag, Italo Marchini, Austin Pendleton, Imre Pallo, Steven Lawless, Charles Prince, David Alden, Andrew Gerle and Tazewell Thompson.
Harrell′s classical and music theatre students have performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, national and international tours, London′s West End, network and cable T.V., Las Vegas, cruise lines, and in regional theatres and opera houses across the United States and have won major national and international singing competitions.
Harrell is a member of Actors′ Equity Association (AEA), American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).