Dr. Gregory Brookes
Baritone Gregory BROOKES has been praised for his “rich baritone sound” and “Shakespearian acting.” After receiving a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from the University of Calgary, he pursued graduate work at the Eastman School of Music where he earned a Master of Music in vocal performance and literature. He subsequently earned a Performer’s Diploma and a Doctor of Music from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
He has earned praise for both his operatic and musical theatre roles some of which include, Leporello in Don Giovanni, the title role in Sweeney Todd, Pooh Bah in The Mikado, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, Cervantes in Man of LaMancha, Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Billus in South Pacific. In addition to his lyric theatre performances, he is a frequent collaborator with numerous choral societies having sung the baritone solos for the Brahms’s German Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, the Orff Carmina Burana, the Duruflé Requiem and the Mozart Requiem.
Gregory’s performances have been heard on NPR, CBC (Canada) and the BBC and he has performed internationally in China, Honduras, Canada and France.
Dr. Brookes has just published the IPA transcriptions of the Italian, French and German songs from Plangere’s new five volume song anthology.
He has been a member of the faculties of St. Lawrence College in Brockville Ontario, Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, Colorado State University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice at Texas Tech University’s School of Music where he teaches applied voice, opera workshop, diction, and graduate and undergraduate vocal pedagogy.