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Corey McKnight: Bio

I grew up in a musical family in a small town in Idaho and when I was three, I started playing songs by ear on the piano with my mother, sisters and cousins. At the age of 12, I started playing the trumpet and singing in the choir and did so throughout high school and at the University of Idaho, studying voice with Dorothy Barnes and trumpet with Robert McCurdy. I also performed with the concert choir, jazz choir, jazz band and an award winning vocal jazz Quartet. After three years at the University of Idaho, I decided to move to Illinois and study choral music at the University of Illinois in Urbana. From 1987 until 1991, I was blessed with the opportunity to study privately with William Miller, a wonderful retired voice professor from the University of Illinois. It was at this time that I discovered the ability to sing countertenor. In 1991, I moved to San Francisco to sing with Chanticleer, the Grammy Award Winning, 12 member, a' cappella professional vocal ensemble. During this time I performed in Germany, France, Sweden, Australia, Holland, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, The Philippines and all 50 states in the U.S.
While singing with Chanticleer, I had the privilege of singing with the San Francisco Symphony, The New York Philharmonic, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Alcatraz. I had the fortune of singing on 12 Chanticleer recordings, two of which can now be heard as part of the movie soundtrack in the Jack Black film, "Nacho Libre." In 1997, I sang with The American Bach Soloists, The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and The Schola Cantorum at the Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Also in 1997, I was one of 5 singers who recorded a medley of American Folk Songs to be used by figure skater Brian Boitanno for a
performance on ESPN.
I have recorded on the Chanticleer, Lyrichord, Koch, Swansea, Teldec and Warner-Elektra labels, and can be found on a CD entitled "Christmas with the Stars," which includes artists Placido Domingo, Natalie Cole and Enya. I've been fortunate enough to have been mentioned in the American Record Guide and various newspapers (see Press/Reviews)
In 2002, I was one of 5 soloists for a premier performance of Mexican Baroque Music at the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival in San Luis Obispo, California.
In 2005, I released a solo CD entitled "My Solitude, which has been getting great reviews! One of the tracks, "the Gift", has been included as part of an independent art film soundtrack.
I resided in Boise, Idaho, from 1999-2010 where I sang occasionally with the St. Michael's Cathedral Choir, as a soloist with the Boise Philharmonic, The Boise Baroque Orchestra, Opera Idaho and The Langrois Trio. I was also an adjunct voice instructor at the College of Idaho from 2006-2010.
Currently I live in Silver Spring, MD with my partner Doug and our two dogs, Rudy and Roxie. I sing occasionally with Washington D.C.'s Armonia Nova, whose specialty is early music, and continue to perform oratorio as well. I also maintain a private voice and trumpet studio, as well as an audio production company, "Roxielu Productions" at www.roxielu.com. continue to perform, write and record music whenever I have spare time. I have released three solo recordings: My Solitude, Warm Christmas Morning and Evensong, available at cdbaby.com and amazon.com.