Lyric Baritone, Orlando J. Spikes, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he matriculated as a student of Wagnerian tenor, David Smith and as a recipient of a full COA Linehan Artist Award. He has pursued graduate studies at the renowned Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of Grammy award-winning baritone William Sharp. Mr. Spikes serves as the Director of Music and Chancel Choir conductor at Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church which was founded in 1773 during the advent of our nation’s history.
In addition to his work as a conductor, Mr. Spikes is also a highly-respected studio teacher and contemporary commercial music (CCM) coach. He maintains an active voice and piano studio in the Baltimore area having successfully taught scores of students. Mr. Spikes holds memberships with the National Association for Music Education (MENC), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and teaches students in five different locations.
Mr. Spikes is a versatile artist with performance experience in opera, chamber music, art song, oratorio, musical theater, pop, jazz, R&B, and hip-hop. He has completed concerts with the Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore, UMBC Camerata, Vocal Arts and New Music Ensembles including performances of works by W.A. Mozart, G.F Handel, Beethoven, Herbert Brun, Christian Wolff, Verdi, Donizetti and John Rutter at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore among others.
As a performing and teaching professional, I have been influenced by artists of varying backgrounds, genres and styles from Robert Merrill to Usher to Sade to Prince. My experiences allow me to deliver convincing performances in just about any style of music.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 60 - 240 minutes
Please be prepared to discuss the availability of an acoustic piano or comparable 88-key digital piano or keyboard at the venue. Knowing the presence or absence of such an instrument helps me better prepare my equipment.
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