Andrew Skoog, tenor, made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall as tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Rutter, internationally acclaimed composer and conductor. He returned to Carnegie Hall in 2005 as tenor soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana, with Andrew Litton and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Skoog has also sung with the American Symphony Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. In demand for orchestral engagements, Skoog made his international debut in 2006 singing Carmina Burana with the Bergen Philharmonic in Bergen, Norway. Critics hail him as ideal in Carmina Burana because of his “full, lyric delivery in the demanding, high tessitura,” which he has also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Albany Symphony, Bangor Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Tulsa Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Midland Symphony and Valley Symphony Orchestras. Other recent engagements include Rachmaninoff’s The Bells in a return appearance with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Die Erste Walpurgisnacht with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Berlioz’ Requiem with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, as well as performances of Britten’s Saint Nicolas, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, Mozart’s Requiem and Ramirez’s Misa Criolla. Engagements this past season included Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the University of Tennessee Chamber Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with the Knoxville Handel Society, Turandot with Knoxville Opera where he sang the role of Pong, and performances of Carmina Burana with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. This season he performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Knoxville Symphony and his 40th performance of Carmina Burana with the Delta Symphony Orchestra.
Sought after for Messiah, Skoog recently performed this work with the Duke University Chapel Choir and Symphony Orchestra, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, and with numerous orchestras throughout the United States. He also has performed Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Choral Society of Durham at Duke University, Franck’s Die Sieben Worte Jesu am Kreuz, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solonnelle, Beethoven’s Christus am Ölberge and Mass in C Major, and Dvorak’s Mass in D.
Skoog is recognized for his moving performances of the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, which he sang most recently with the Midland-Odessa Symphony. Other orchestral appearances include Mozart’s Requiem with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Verdi’s Requiem with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Dallas, Corpus Christi, Victoria, and East Texas Symphony Orchestras. He appeared for two seasons at the OK Mozart International Festival, and as tenor soloist with the Canterbury Choral Society in Bruckner’s Te Deum and Mozart’s Coronation Mass. Mr. Skoog’s passionate, artistic performances of Benjamin Britten works have attracted attention, with praise for his recent performances of the Canticles, Abraham and Isaac with the Dallas Opera Project, and Saint Nicolas with members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.
Twice a Metropolitan Opera regional finalist, Skoog made his professional operatic debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the Lyric Opera of San Antonio. His operatic credits include such roles as Sam Polk in Susannah, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Camille in The Merry Widow, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Pong in Turandot, Satyavan in Savitri, The Prince in The Love for Three Oranges, The Teapot in L’Enfant et Les Sortileges, as well as roles in Carmen, The Pirates of Penzance, Rita, and Werther. An alumnus of the Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Program, Skoog was a finalist in the Dallas Opera Career Development Grant Auditions, and coached in master classes with John Wustman and the late Jerry Hadley.
Mr. Skoog is a Sandra G. Powell Excellence Professor at the University of Tennessee. In 2011, he was the recipient of the School of Music Distinguished Faculty Award in Teaching awarded by the student body of the UT School of Music. Before his appointment at U.T., Skoog was the Director of Choral Activities at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. During his tenure there, his choirs performed in Carnegie Hall, Westminster Hall in London, England and for the MTNA National Conference in Dallas, Texas.