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Wayne Kompelien, Bass Baritone

A professor of music, Wayne Kompelien received his Doctor of Musical arts degree in vocal performance from the University of Kansas in 1987. His portrayal of Olin Blitch in Carlyle Floyd’s, Susannah, received national acclaim as the production won second place in the National Collegiate opera competition. He also placed twice in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Kansas City. Dr. Kompelien moved to Lynchburg, VA, in 1986 when he took a faculty position at Liberty University. He founded an active opera program in 1989. Dr. Kompelien remains an active performer, singing numerous occasions with Opera Roanoke. Schaunard in La bohème, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Zeta in The Merry Widow, and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni are among his many notable roles. He has also been featured in many oratorio performances with many organizations. His performances in Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem, and Fauré’s Requiem received high acclaim. Dr. Kompelien has presented in recital Schumann’s masterpeice, Dichterliebe, and Schubert’s Winterreise, and even, Mussogsky’s, Songs and Dances of Death, showing his ability to perform the most delicate and expressive music. Dr. Kompelien currently directs the Chamber Singers of Liberty University, a group which has been recognized as one of the finest collegiate choral ensembles in the state. He has also served as the Virginia Chapter’s President of The National Association of Teachers of Singing, an organization of which he has been a member since 1987.