Craig Fields, musical director, came to the MacPhail faculty in 2004 from the Virginia Tech School of the Arts in Blacksburg, VA, where he conducted several choral ensembles and taught vocal studies from 1987-2003. He was the founder of the Blacksburg Master Chorale, music director for the Roanoke Valley Choral Society and artistic director for Opera Roanoke and Opera on the James in Virginia for more than 17 years. He has conducted choral groups in England, Germany, Austria and Poland, and he commissioned and recorded many new works, including the Requiem: For those we love by Jon Polifrone in 1995.
Craig received his musical training from Chapman University, California Institute of the Arts, Mannes College of Music, Dartmouth College, the Music Academy of the West, the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Artist Training Program, and the Zürich Opera’s International Opera Studio. He received two Martha B. Rockefeller awards for post-graduate vocal studies. Prior to conducting, he embarked on his operatic singing career in 1975, performing over 40 leading roles at the opera houses of Zürich, Berlin, Freiburg, Mannheim, Geneva, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and many others. Craig is currently General/Artistic Director for the Duluth Festival Opera in Duluth, MN and an active opera stage director, conductor and voice teacher. He also teaches speech and voice for professionals, executives and law students at the St. Thomas University School of Law, the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and the Veteran’s Administration in Washington, DC.
“He is very knowledgeable, chooses superb pieces to sing, is organized, cares deeply about the music, quality of singing, mechanics of singing, and the students as individuals.” –MacPhail Student