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Mark Pearson

  • Chair, Voice and Vocal Pedagogy

Mark Pearson taught at NEC from 1965 through his retirement in 2009. Pearson was chair of the voice department from 1971 to 1992, during which time he designed NEC's master's degree in vocal pedagogy.

A well-known and respected teacher of voice and vocal pedagogy, Pearson has instructed students who have won major competitions and prizes, including the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in U.S., Canada, and Europe. His students have also sung lead roles in productions in New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Vancouver, as well as opera companies in Europe.

Many of his students currently teach voice in colleges, conservatories, and universities in the U.S. and Europe.

Pearson has appeared as a bass soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and also with ensembles at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, and with the NEC Orchestra, Chorus, and Chamber Singers. He was also a soloist in the U.S. premieres of Ernest Bloch's Macbeth, Britten's Cantata Misericordium, Pinkham's Jonah, and Carl Nielsen's Third Symphony.

In England and America, he performed the roles of Sarasoto, Osmin, Arkel, and Mars in Lully's Thésée, and Pangloss in Bernstein's Candide. At the Sante Fe Opera, he was a soloist under Hindemith, Stravinsky, and Douglas Moore.

B.A., Oberlin College; M.A., Stanford University. Studies with teachers Robert Everhart, Ivan Rasmussen, and Ruth Streeter. Coaching with Felix Wolfes, Nadia Boulanger, Pierre Bernac, and John Moriarty.