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 Master of Music from DePaul University, he received a Netherlands-America/Fulbright Fellowship to study baroque music at the Royal Conservatory (The Hague). He performed with the Netherlands Opera, the Dutch Reisopera, sang as a soloist in the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), and has performed in Japan, Israel, and Europe. His repertoire includes baroque — 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; opera — from Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky to Judith Weir’s A Night at the Chinese Opera; and contemporary repertoire — Snow White by Micha Hamel, El Niño by John Adams. Upon returning to the United States, Joe has sung with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, Madison Bach Musicians, Seattle Pro Musica, and joined local choirs: Quire Cleveland, Contrapunctus, and Apollo’s Fire.