Martin Chambers

Lyric Tenor, Professor of Music, Choral Composer


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As a professional singer in Europe, I was lead lyric tenor with the Vienna Chamber Opera, Hessen State Opera in Kassel, Luebeck, Dortmund and Essen Opera.  In Canada, I appeared with the Vancouver Opera, Festival Ottawa and sang eighteen roles with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto.  In the U.S.A. I performed two roles with the San Diego Opera.  Oratorio highlights include the tenor arias and Evangelist in Bach's ST. JOHN PASSION, Handel's MESSIAH and JUDAS MACCABAEUS, Beethoven's NINTH SYMPHONY, and Verdi's REQUIEM.  I have recorded opera, oratorio and solo recitals with the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC). See repertoire lists above.


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I returned from Europe in 1975 to assume a position in the Faculty of Music, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, funded by the Canada Council as Artist-in-Residence, and in 1976, assistant professor of Music at UWO.  In 1986 I accepted a professorship at San Diego State University as head of the vocal division and with a request to renew the opera program.  In 1988 I was appointed chairman of the Music Department and in 1993, the Director of the School of Music and Dance. I was also awarded membership in the national honor societies Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Alpha Iota.
My wide experience in music prepared me to teach in a variety of areas of music which included Studio Voice, Opera Theatre, Solo Vocal Literature, Vocal Pedagogy, University Chamber Singers, 12 @ NOW Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Orchestra, Sight-Singing, and German Diction.​

Since my earliest memories, music has been the central experience and focus in my life.  My mother, my teachers, my professors all nurtured my love of music whether it was early piano, voice and theory lessons, playing trombone in the band, string bass in the dance band and, of course, always as a member of as many choral ensembles as time would allow.  As I reached my middle teens, my focus widened to include solo singing, first as a bass, then baritone and finally as a tenor.

I enrolled in the Music Department at the University of British Columbia in 1962 and attribute my understanding of music as an art form, the theory and history, and  the practice to this exceptional educational opportunity.  I earned my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Education in 1966 and after a year respite, continued on to complete my Master of Music in Vocal Performance, Opera and Conducting in 1969.

I made my solo professional singing debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at age 20, my Opera debut with the Vancouver Opera at age 25.  I received the my first Canada Council Grant and immediately left for Munich, Germany.  I made my European Opera debut in Vienna at age 27.

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I composed  most of my choral music within the last eight years.  This is the first time in my life that I have had time to listen to

the creative ideas in my head.  As my singing, conducting and academic careers came to their conclusion, ideas for new choral

compositions flourished.  My academic preparation and my many years preparing and performing with choral groups as

conductor, choir member and soloist honed my ear and understanding for choral composition.

Please go directly to my web-site for a complete list of compositions, scores and texts..