Raymond Feener

Vocal Instructor
University of Missouri-Kansas City

A native of Bremen, Ohio, Raymond has performed throughout the United States, Holland, Austria, and Italy. Raymond made his professional stage debut in 1995 with the Columbus Light Opera as Giuseppe in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers. His International debut was with the Opera Theatre of Lucca in Lucca Italy in 1998 in the title role of Giuseppe Gazzaniga’s version of Don Giovanni. Since that time he has made a home in the operatic, oratorio, concert and art song repertoire, and is known for his beautiful lyric voice and outstanding acting ability. An example of his operatic repertoire ranges from Figaro in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Marcello in Puccini’s La Bohème to the Man with a Shoe Sample Kit in Argento’s Postcard from Morroco, Silvio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, and Strephon in G & S’s Iolanthe. In 2000 Raymond was accepted into the Sarasota Opera Studio Artist Program where he sang the role of Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and covered the role of Zurga in Les Pecheurs de Perles. That same year, Raymond was also accepted into the Lake George Opera Festival Apprentice Program where he had the opportunity to work with Maestro Daniel Beckwith, stage director Mark Verzatt, and Metropolitan Opera coach Craig Ruttenburg, as well as perform several operatic scenes with fellow apprentice artists, cover the role of Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutti, and perform the role of Prince Yamadori in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. His solo, concert, and recital work has taken him across the country to Alabama, Florida, Texas, Georgia, South Dakota, Missouri, Ohio, Hawaii, and The Netherlands where he perform for the 40th Anniversary of N.A.T.O. in Brunssum, Holland. His lecture recital entitled, The Evolution of Everyman, is his own multi-media semi-staged production of Frank Martin’s work, Sechs Monologue aus Jedermann, using his own English translation as well as text from Hugo von Homannstahl’s play, Jedermann. He has also performed the baritone solos for the Brahm’ Ein deutsches Requiem at UMKC under the direction of world-renowned conductor, Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt. From 2001 to 2005 Raymond served as Assistant Professor of Voice at Ohio University where he taught applied voice, Opera Workshop, and directed the 80 voice male ensemble, The Singing Men of Ohio. The ensemble toured throughout the United States and was invited to perform for the 2002 MTNA National Conference Opening Session in Cincinnati, Ohio and the 2004 Ohio Music Education Association Professional Conference in Columbus Ohio. In 2002 Raymond served on faculty at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria where he was a stage director for the AIMS Festival. In 2003 Dr. Feener was selected as one of the twelve interns for the prestigious NATS Internship in Fredonia, New York, where he had the opportunity to work with several Master Teachers including Jerrold Pope and Judith Nicosia. Dr. Feener is currently on the voice faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music as Associate Professor of Voice and the current Chair of the Vocal Studies Division. Raymond has also served on the voice faculty of the Bay View Summer Music Festival in Bay View Michigan where he taught voice and was the faculty baritone soloist. Raymond received his Bachelors degree in Choral Education and Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the Ohio University School of Music. During that time Dr. Feener placed first in the Advanced Men Category in 1996 at the State and Regional NATS Competition as well as a winner of the 1996 NATSAA State Competition. He earned his doctoral degree from the Florida State University School of Music in Vocal Performance/Opera Emphasis. While attending FSU, he was awarded the Gallagher Memorial Award for outstanding performance and academic achievement as well as reaching the finals of the McAllister Award Competition. He has had the opportunity to work with such vocal coaches as, Lorenzo Malfatti, Douglas Fisher, Timothy Hoeckman, and Natalia Rivera, as well as perform in Master Classes with the world’s top operatic performers, Stanford Olsen, Phyllis Curtin, and Marilyn Horne. Dr. Feener has had several students place at the local and state level for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competitions as well as at the District and Regional levels for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. Several of his students have been excepted into summer apprentice programs which include the Saratoga Summer Music Festival, SongFest, Houston Grand Opera Vocal Academy, Des Moines Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera Apprentice Program. He is also the Director of the Summer Conservatory for Singers program at UMKC, which is a week-long summer program dedicated to teaching high school students in the art of solo singing. Dr. Feener is currently the Choir Director at the Atonement Lutheran Church in Kansas City where he conducts the Sanctuary Choir. He has recently been seen performing the roles of Marcello in La Boheme and Escamillo in Carmen with the Springfield Regional Opera. Upcoming performances include performing as the bass soloist with the Kansas City professional choir, Musica Sacrae, as well as teaching and performing at the Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg, summer 2014.