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CHESTER, Derek

Written by  Celia P. Novo
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Praised by the New York Times for his "beautifully shaped and carefully nuanced singing," tenor Derek Chester is steadily making a name for himself in the world of classical music. Mr. Chester received his Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Georgia where he studied with Gregory Broughton. As a student of renowned American tenor James Taylor, he completed his Master's Degree in Vocal Performance of Oratorio, Early Music, Song, and Chamber Music on full scholarship from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music.
As a Fulbright Scholar, he spent a year in Germany working as a freelance musician and furthering his training with acclaimed German tenor Christoph Prégardien.

While in Germany Mr. Chester was a member of the Gächinger Kantorei and was heard as soloist in Bach Cantatas 22 and 23 with the Bach Collegium Stuttgart. He has also appeared as soloist at the 2006 and 2008 Oregon Bach Festivals under Helmuth Rilling, as Evangelist in Bach's St. John Passion during Bach Woche 2007 in Stuttgart and at the 2007 Toronto Bach Festival also under Maestro Rilling, and in Monteverdi's Vespers with Martin Pearlman and Boston Baroque. He is frequently featured as guest soloist with the Jeffrey Thomas' American Bach Soloists and is on the roster of Miami's professional chamber choir Seraphic Fire, directed by Patrick Quigley.

Mr. Chester's 2006 recording of Bach's St. John Passion (1725 version, ReZound) with Simon Carrington conducting the Yale Schola Cantorum has received many accolades including rave reviews from Early Music and Choir and Organ magazines.

Recent concert appearances include Mendelssohn's Symphony No.2 the "Lobgesang" with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Bach's St. John Passion, Monteverdi's Book Seven Madrigals, and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with the Dallas Bach Society, Händel's Messiah with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and the South Dakota Chorale, Händel's Theodora with the Bach Collegium San Diego, the Evangelist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and Bach's Mass in B minor and Weihnachts Oratorium with American Bach Soloists. Mr. Chester is the 2009 recipient of Carmel Bach Festival's prestigious Adam's Fellowship. This summer he returned to the Staunton Music Festival as featured tenor soloist.

Acclaimed for his versatility, Derek Chester has excelled in opera and musical theatre roles spanning nearly six centuries of repertoire. His theater and opera credits include Nemorino in L'Elisir d'Amore, Peter Quint in Turn of the Screw, Simon Stimson in Our Town, Damon in Acis and Galatea, and Abel/Japheth in Children of Eden.

Mr. Chester is currently completing his doctorate in Opera and Early Music, under the tutelage of Jennifer Lane, at the University of North Texas where he is a Toulouse Fellow and a doctoral teaching fellow. He continues his work as a freelance singer across North America and Europe, and is artistic director of Adler Consort, an early music ensemble based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Last modified on Thursday, 16 September 2010 18:41
Celia P. Novo

Celia P. Novo

Celia P. Novo is Founder and President of the international artist management company NOVO ARTISTS, INC. and of NOVO CONSULTING.

Mrs. Novo has been a dynamic and productive force in the classical music world since 1983 when she became personal business manager to late legendary soprano ARLEEN AUGER.

Known for her uncompromising standards of professional integrity and for the outstanding quality of her clients, Mrs. Novo focuses on finding only the finest and most promising talent the world over.

 

CELIA P. NOVO

Born in New York City, Celia P. Novo attended New York University as a double major in Biology and Music. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Advanced Biological Studies from Fordham University. Mrs. Novo worked as a senior research assistant in the departments of Biochemistry, Neurology, and Pediatric Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for six years. As a New York State certified teacher, she taught Biology, Chemistry, and Developmental Biology at the college preparatory level.

In a dramatic career change, she became personal business manager to her dear friend, the late American diva Arleen Auger, in 1983. Mrs. Novo directed all of Ms. Auger's business affairs until her tragic death in June of 1993. Mrs. Novo and her husband, Guy P. Novo, founded the Arleen Auger Memorial Fund in 1995. The purpose of this Fund is to identify needy and talented young singers who wish to follow in Ms. Auger's esteemed footsteps, and reward them with study grants and scholarships to help defer the cost of voice lessons and other expenses relating to their vocal studies.

In 1995, Celia Novo founded Novo Artists, Inc., an international artist management company that represents conductors, stage directors, set designers, choreographers, singers, and instrumentalists throughout the world. She is also Founder and President of Novo Consulting.

Always devoted to charitable organizations, Mrs. Novo served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Music Conservatory of Westchester from 1987 through 2003, and played a prominent role as chairperson of their education, marketing and special events committees. In 2006, she was elected to the Board of Directors of St. Christopher's Inn by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement at Graymoor.

Mrs. Novo and her husband, international attorney Guy P. Novo, reside in Hartsdale, NY. Their son, Andrew R. Novo, graduated Magna cum laude in History from Princeton University in June 2002, earned a Masters degree in International Relations and a Doctorate in History at the University of Oxford in July 2005, and a Doctorate in History. Andrew's first novel Queen of Cities has recently been published by Coffeetown Press.

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