Joseph Schlesinger

Joseph Schlesinger, countertenor, began his musical education playing principal trumpet in the Augustana College Symphony, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Asian Studies. After earning his Masters in Music from DePaul University, he received a Netherlands-America/Fulbright Fellowship to study Baroque Music at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague. His Baroque repertoire includes J.S.Bach’s Magnificat, Weihnachts Oratorium, B-minor Mass, St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, and other works by Telemann, Schütz, Zelenka, and Handel. On the operatic stage, Joe sang roles ranging from Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky to Judith Weir’s A Night at the Chinese Opera. His contemporary repertoire includes Snow White by Micha Hamel, and El Niño by John Adams. Upon returning to the United States, he is delighted to have joined Quire Cleveland, Apollo’s Fire, and Contrapunctus in Cleveland, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, Seattle Pro Musica, and the Madison Bach Musicians.