James R. Tener


James Tener

Senior Lecturer



James R. Tener, baritone, is an applied voice instructor of non-voice majors and performing arts majors in the Dept. of Music at Iowa State. He has received Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees from the University of Iowa, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University and completed a Teacher Certification program at Iowa State. He is also a professional singer in the central Iowa area with a long list of oratorio and recital performances to his credit in Iowa and Connecticut. (To see a more complete listing, use the link below). Most recently he has performed as bass soloist with the Iowa City Chamber Singers in their performances of the Requiem of Mozart and the St. Matthew Passion of Bach with instrumentalists and soloists from the University of Iowa. . He has recently performed as soloist with the Warsaw Philharmonic in a performance of the Requiem of Mozart in Ames,and was the last minute substitute for Simon Estes with the Des Moines Symphony in the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven and the Te Deum of Dvorak in October of 1997. In 1998 he performed the midwest premier of the Elegy for Mother Theresa for baritone and orchestra by William Zinn with the Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra and he is a regular performer at Des Moines Metro Opera fund raisers, benefits, and recitals at Iowa State. Recently he performed two concerts of Broadway selections with the Central Iowa Symphony under Mark Laycock.  He is director of music at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ames and serves as Episcopal Chaplain on the ISU campus.  He lives in Ames and  can be contacted to request performance dates and private voice or classical guitar instruction at this e-mail address: jtener@iastate.edu or by calling 515-292-5494 (cell phone is 515-291-5494).