Paul Sperry, tenor, has degrees from Harvard University and the Sorbonne. He considers his major musical influences to be Pierre Bernac, Jennie Tourel, and Paul Ulanowsky. He has performed with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Boston and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras as well as the Amsterdam Concertgebauw and the Moscow Philharmonic; his repertoire includes hundreds of songs, cycles, oratories and chamber works in more than a dozen languages and a host of musical idioms. Many leading composers including Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, Tom Cipullo, Daron Hagen, Richard Hundley, Libby Larsen, Harold Meltzer, John Musto, Stephen Paulus, Robert Rodriguez, Louise Talma have written especially for him. He sang the starring role of Michael in the world premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen's opera Donnerstag aus Licht at Milan's La Scala and premiered Jacob Druckman's Animus IV for the opening of the Pompidou Center in Paris. With the New York Philharmonic he gave the premiere performance of Bernard Rands' Pulitzer Prize winning Canti del Sole which he has recorded for CRI. He has also recorded several CDs of American songs for Albany Records and chamber works on various labels, most recently released is Open House, song cycles of Robert Beaser and William Bolcom. Zephyr Records has issued: Les Chemins de l'amour, Songs of Poulenc; Great Composers Love Folksongs Too; Schubert's Winterreise; a 2 CD box, Byways of French Song, and Someday I'll Find You Said the Honeysuckle to the Bindweed: Songs of Love & Whimsy by Noël Coward and Flanders & Swann, all with pianist Ian Hobson. He has edited collections of American songs for G. Schirmer, Peer-Southern, Boosey & Hawkes, Dover Publications, Carl Fischer, and the Oxford University Press. Mr. Sperry taught at the Juilliard School from 1984-2007, and currently teaches at the Manhattan School of Music, and the Brooklyn College Conservatory of music. He was on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School from 1978-2002, and from 1991-97 was Director of the Vocal Program at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. Since 1987 he has served as the Director of Joy In Singing, an organization dedicated to helping young singers, American composers and fostering the art song.