2002 Recipient - Dr. Everette McCorvey
Professor of Vocal Music, University of Kentucky
Dr. McCorvey, tenor, is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. He received his degrees from the University of Alabama, including a Doctorate of Musical Arts. He has performed in many cities around the world and theaters across the country, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Kennedy Center, Aspen Music Festival, Blossom Music Festival, the Whitewater Opera Company, Radio City Music Hall, Birmingham Opera Theater, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Italy, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, England, as well as performances throughout Spain, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary. He has recorded a CD as a tenor soloist and has appeared in television movies and feature films, including The Long Walk Home.
Dr. McCorvey's operatic roles are extensive. As a recitalist, he has given concerts, master classes and workshops throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. He is the founder and Music Director of the American Spiritual Ensemble, a group of 16 professional singers performing spirituals and other compositions of African-American composers. In the short six-year history of the group, the group has presented over 75 concerts, including two tours of the United States and five tours of Spain. They have released three CDs; On My Journey Now - The American Spiritual Ensemble on Tour, Ol' Time Religion, and The Tender Land.
Dr. McCorvey has served on the faculty of the New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga Springs, New York where he was Artist-in-Residence and Associate Conductor and he has been a frequent advisory panelist and on-site reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts Opera/Musical Theatre program in Washington, DC.
He is a teacher and vocal advisor to many students in the profession. He has served as guest Master Clinician at many opera training programs in the United States and Europe. He was chosen by the Kentucky Advocates for Higher Education as the 1998 Acorn Award Recipient. The prestigious Acorn Award goes to only one Kentucky Professor chosen from any University in the state of Kentucky who exemplifies excellence, innovation and creativity in teaching and research. Dr. McCorvey was also the recipient of an outstanding faculty award from the University of Kentucky Lyman T. Johnson Alumni Association for 1998 and was selected to receive the Outstanding Alumni Award in the Arts from the Society for the Fine Arts at the University of Alabama in February 1999. Dr. McCorvey holds the rank of Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at the University of Kentucky.