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Corey Trahan, Vocalist


With over 70 roles in his repertoire, Corey Trahan is an active performer, educator and stage director in opera, oratorio, music theatre, operetta and recital venues. Known for his comic timing, versatile voice, and onstage charisma, he is being seen and heard internationally in repertoire ranging from operatic classics to modern musical theatre.

Corey began the 2015-2016 season by stage directing Gypsy for Strauss Theatre Center and music directing N.S.U.'s production of RENT. He then was a featured clinician at the Educational Theatre Association's 2015 National Conference in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Corey presented concerts at Hodges Gardens (Florien) and for the Louisiana Partnership for the Arts' 2015 State Conference. He presented "The Singing Actor Workshop" at N.O.C.C.A. (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) and Eastern New Mexico University. Corey was director of N.S.U.'s 2015 Christmas Gala, featuring a cast of 450+ artists, in Natchitoches and the historic Strand Theatre in Shreveport. During Spring 2016, Corey’s engagements include a faculty recital at N.S.U., presenting "The Singer Actor Workshop" at the University of Southern Mississippi, guest soloist for Monroe Symphony Orchestra's production of The Music of Billy Joel & Elton John and guest vocalist for Louisiana Delta Ballet's production of Power and Grace. In addition, Corey will music direct N.S.U.'s production of Oklahoma, perform Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte with Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Sir Danvers in Jekyll and Hyde with the Academy of Children’s Theatre, Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods with StageCenter, serve as a teaching intern at the International Performing Arts Institute in Germany and return to co-direct Texas A & M's 2016 Singer-Actor Intensive.

Corey began the 2014-2015 season with "The Voices: One Night Only", a benefit concert for the Strauss Theatre Center. In June 2015, Corey joined Richard Seiler (pianist) to reprise Schumann's "Dichterliebe: Opus 48" for Grace Episcopal Church's Summer Concert Series and was named General Manager of Strauss Theatre Center. Corey presented a concert of sacred music in Baton Rouge and performed Monsieur Thenardier (role debut) in "Les Miserables in Concert" with the Strauss Theatre Center. As the new Director of Music Theatre at Northwestern State University, Corey served as music director for "Sweeney Todd" and "Broadway to Go", an educational outreach tour featuring NSU Music Theatre Students. As a guest artist/clinician, Corey presented a master class for singing actors at the 2014 N.A.T.S. Southern Region Conference. Corey traveled to Houston to present singing actor master classes for potential high school music theatre students. Spring 2015 began with a faculty recital at Northwestern State University, performing the bass solos in Bach's "BMV 78" with Austin Baroque Orchestras and emceeing the 2015 ArtsWork Awards Gala. Corey then joined South Dakota Chorale for performances at the 2015 A.C.D.A. National Convention in Salt Lake City. Corey returned to perform "A Night at the Movies" with Monroe Symphony Orchestra and debuted with Richardson Symphony Orchestra performing the same concert. Corey served dual roles as music/stage director for "Avenue Q" at Northwestern State University. He then performed the baritone solos in Durufle's Requiem with Louisiana Tech University. During summer 2015, Corey music directed "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change", " for Northwestern State University, stage directed and performed Luther Billis in "South Pacific in Concert" with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and was co-director of Texas A & M's 2015 Singer-Actor Intensive.

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In previous seasons, Mr. Trahan has been seen as Pang in Turandot and Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Birmingham, Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Santa Fe Concert Association, Dr. Blind/ Ivan/ Frosch in Die Fledermaus at Amarillo Opera and Salt Marsh Opera, Njegus in The Merry Widow at Opera New Jersey, Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte at OperaWorks! in Los Angeles, Mordred in Camelot and Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro at Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Will Parker in Oklahoma and Matt in The Fantastiks at Natchez Festival of Music, and was part of the World Premiere cast of Before Night Falls as the Visa/Customs Official at Fort Worth Opera.

Corey has performed with numerous orchestras including the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Brazos Symphony, Monroe Symphony, at the Jefferson Performing Arts Society in New Orleans and Houston Masterworks. Corey has performed annual recital tours since 2002 funded by the National Endowment for the Arts' Challenge America Grant and the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council where Corey serves as Visiting Artist and member of the organization's resident touring ensembles.

In addition to performing, Corey has experience teaching on the collegiate level. He completed a two-year assignment as the Biedenharn Endowed Chair in Music at the University of Louisiana where he was Director of Opera Workshop, taught private voice, vocal pedagogy and the history of opera. Corey was also Chair of Music Theatre at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand for two years. Currently, Corey is an Assistant Professor of Theatre/ Director of Music Theatre at Northwestern State University in Nachitoches, Louisiana and the General Manager of Strauss Theatre Center in Monroe, Louisiana.

Corey's academic degrees include the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, the Master of Music degree from the University of Houston and the Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University. He has been an apprentice with Lake George Opera, Central City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Amarillo Opera, Shreveport Opera and the Seagle Music Colony. Corey is a current member of the American Guild of Music Artists, Actor’s Equity Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing.

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