Tenor Johnnie J. Felder is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Carolina, and is on the music faculty at Paine College in Augusta, GA. He is also a voice instructor at the Freeway Music School and the Columbia Arts Academy.
Felder earned bachelor and graduate music degrees from Benedict College and the University of South Carolina, respectively, and has trained in the opera studio of the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria. His regional and international academic and competitive accolades include finalist in the USC Concerto-Aria competition and the Audition Plus Voice Competition, and first-round finalist in the AIMS Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria.
Felder has recent feature appearances in the Colour of Music Festival concert production of de Bologne’s L’amant Anonime, Mozart’s La finta Giardiniera, and in the centenary presentation of the Bernstein Mass by the USC School of Music. With Opera at USC and other companies, Felder performed leading roles in Rita, Don Giovanni, L’elisir d’amore, and Die Zauberflöte.
His oratorio repertoire includes: Handel Messiah; Bach Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme; Mozart Requiem, Coronation Mass, and Vesperae solennes de confessore; Dubois Seven Last Words of Christ; Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio; Schubert Mass in G; and Robert Ray Gospel Mass. At USC, Felder was also the tenor soloist in the North American premiere of Carl Friedrich Zelter “Kantate auf den Tod von Freidrichs”.
Felder is a native of Vance, SC. In addition to his vocal pursuits, he especially enjoys travel, movies, and social events.