Featured Artist

Mark Rogers - Principal Conductor

Fred Wilmer

Vocalist

 

Fred Wilmer, Tenor; was born in Crestview Florida, raised in Mineral Wells, Texas, and graduated from Mineral Wells High School. He completed undergraduate studies at Texas Tech University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Vocal Performance & Music Education.

Upon graduation from Texas Tech, Mr. Wilmer moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where he served as Choir Director at the Liberty Church. In Tulsa, he sang with the Tulsa Chorale and the Singing Men of Oklahoma. Fred later served as Music Associate, and on the Administrative Staff at the Higher Dimensions Church of Tulsa.

Upon relocating to Texas, he worked as Adjunct Choral Director at Paul Quinn College in Dallas, and as a Secondary Choral Director in the Dallas Independent School District for three years. Mr. Wilmer spent several summers doing Continuing Education in Voice and Choral Conducting, most notably studying at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey under the leadership of Choral Conducting Pedagogue Dr. James Jordan.

In 1999 he became the Choral Director at Faith Family Academy, an open enrollment Texas public charter school located in Oak Cliff of Dallas. There Mr. Wilmer taught sixth grade, middle school, and high school choral and vocal music. His students and choirs became very successful, and won various awards at district, regional, UIL, and festival competitions.

For over nine years, Mr. Wilmer sang first tenor with the Fort Worth-based choral organization, Schola Cantorum of Texas where he has been the featured tenor soloist on major works such as the Mozart Requiem, the Beethoven Mass in C major, the Beethoven Choral Fantasy, the Rachmaninoff Vespers, and on various familiar choral arrangements such as the Bailey “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” along with many others. His work during this time was under the direction of Schola Cantorum Artistic Directors, Dr. Donald Bailey of Baylor University, and later Dr. Jerry McCoy of the University of North Texas.

Mr. Wilmer has also been featured with the American Chamber Chorus in an “Evening of Spirituals” under the direction of then UTA Choral Director, Jung Ling Tam. He’s been the tenor soloist with the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra and Choral Union in Beethoven’s Mass in C, along with choral work with Texas Choral Artists also under the direction of Dr. Jerry McCoy.

Other solo opportunities have included Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and appearances in Christian churches of various denominations throughout the north Texas area where he performed from the sacred, traditional, gospel, and contemporary solo literature. In the spring of 2008, Fred made his Dallas Opera debut as Peter, the Honeyman in the Dallas Opera Production of Porgy and Bess. Later, in the fall of that year, Mr. Wilmer appeared in the same roll with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in their first-ever production of the George Gershwin masterpiece. Fred would later sing first tenor as a member of the Dallas Opera chorus in their production of Otello in the inaugural performances of the new Winspear Opera House in Dallas, and the world premiere of John Haggie’s Moby Dick in the spring of 2010 also at the Winspear.

Mr. Wilmer is most at home when sharing his talents in the local churches that he has been a part of. He has been a member of the Concord Church of Dallas under the founding Pastor Dr. E. K. Bailey, and the present Senior Pastor, Dr. Bryan Carter. While at Concord he has served as church soloist during Sunday services, special musical and holiday productions, and on many special occasions including the E.K. Bailey International Expository Preaching Conference.

In August of 2006, Mr. Wilmer returned to school as a graduate student in Voice & Choral Conducting at the University of North Texas in Denton. At UNT he studied Vocal Performance in the Voice Studio of Associate Professor of Voice, Dr. Stephen Austin, and Choral Conducting under the leadership of UNT Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Jerry McCoy. Mr. Wilmer completed his Master’s studies in June of 2010 and in August of that year was accepted by the UNT College of Music into the Doctor of Musical Arts program (DMA) as a student of Choral Conducting.

Mr. Wilmer is presently a member of the First Baptist Church of Dallas where he serves in the Ministry of Music under the leadership of Minister of Music & Worship, Dr. Tyler Brinson.

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