Adjunct Instructor of Music
Possessing a rich, warm voice with "rock-solid vocalism and powerful projection" (The Capital), bass Jeffrey Tarr is equally in demand for opera and concert work. Among the opera companies with which he has performed are the Washington National Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, and Festspiele Gut Immling. Mr. Tarr’s portrayal of Basilio in Annapolis Opera's production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia was described by The Washington Post as "fervent [&] robust." Other operatic credits include Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Colline in La Bohème, Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette, Zuniga in Carmen, Bartolo and Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, and Collatinus in Rape of Lucretia.
On the concert stage, Mr. Tarr has performed in Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Faure’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat with a variety of symphonies and choruses. His performance of Messiah with the New Dominion Chorale was lauded by The Washington Post as "outstanding…a large, resonant voice, filled with both power and clarity."
Mr. Tarr received a Masters of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University and is a former prize winner in the Annapolis Opera Competition, the Orpheus Vocal Competition, NATSAA, and Vocal Arts DC Discovery Competition. As such, he has performed recitals in prestigious venues, including the Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Mr. Tarr participated in the inaugural season of the American Wagner Program under the auspices of world-renown singers Dolora Zajick and Luana DeVol.
His previous faculty appointments include American University, Hood College, and Montgomery College.