- Artist-Lecturer in voice
- Vocal Pedagogy
- Vocal Literature
Tenor Gregory Oaten, a native of the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania, is well-known as both an ensemble singer and recitalist, having performed and recorded with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Camerata Singers, Concord Chamber Singers (of which he is the Assistant Conductor and Vocal Coach), Lehigh Valley Choral Arts, Moravian College Choir, and numerous others.
Mr. Oaten received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where he studied Voice and Voice Pedagogy with Marvin Keenze, Daniel Pratt and Robert Simpson. He studied Choral Conducting with Frauke Haasemann, John Kemp, Warren Martin, Dennis Shrock and Robert Simpson; and Choralisches Stimmbildung (Choral Voice Building) with Frauke Haasemann and Daniel Pratt. While at Westminster, he performed, recorded and toured with the world-renowned Westminster Choir for some six seasons, performing as part of the Chorus-in-residence for the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Charleston, South Carolina and Spoleto, Italy. He has collaborated in performance with such eminent conductors as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Wilhelm Ehmann, Joseph Flummerfelt, Carlo Maria Giulini, Rafael Kubelik, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Gian Carlo Menotti, Riccardo Muti, Krzystof Penderecki and Robert Shaw. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, American Symphony, National Symphony, I'Orchestre de Paris, Vienna Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City; the historic Academy of Music and Kimmel Center in Philadelphia; and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. He has performed on Live from Lincoln Center and the Gala of Stars on PBS, and has participated in two feature segments for CBS Sunday Morning and the Today Show on NBC.
Mr. Oaten has participated in 26 professional recordings. Two of these have received Grammy Award nominations and one, a recording of Samuel Barber's opera Antony and Cleopatra, was awarded a Grammy in 1985. In 1995, Mr. Oaten returned to Princeton as one of 23 singers hand-selected by Joseph Flummerfelt to participate in a recording, Like as a Hart: Psalms and Spiritual Songs on the Chesky label, which subsequently received critical acclaim. He has recorded on the Columbia/Sony, Angel/EMI, Westminster Choir/Gothic, New World, Dorian and Book-of-the-Month Club recording labels, as well as a private label for the Concord Chamber Singers. Since 1987, he has regularly recorded for Harold Flammer, Warner Brothers and Mark Foster Music Publishers.
Mr. Oaten has served on the Music Faculty of Moravian College since 1991, and was awarded the T. Edgar Shields Prize for Studio Teaching in 2003. He has also served on the Music faculties of Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He serves as Tenor Soloist for Bethlehem's historic Central Moravian Church and is Minister of Music at Faith United Presbyterian Church in Pen Argyl, PA. He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.