Canadian baritone Kevin McMillan’s performing career has spanned over 35 years with more than 850 concerts, 15 professional recordings, a Grammy award, a Gramophone award, and numerous Juno award nominations.
Critics have praised his “elegant lyric baritone voice” and “singularly remarkable interpretive skills” in appearances with virtually every major North American orchestra, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony.
He has also established a presence in Europe, with appearances in centers such as London, Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, and Prague. He has worked with such conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Andrew Davis, Neeme Jarvi, Sir Roger Norrington, Hellmuth Rilling and the late Robert Shaw, Kurt Masur, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, Pierre Boulez, and Sergiu Commissiona.
After preliminary schooling at the Universities of Guelph and Western Ontario in Canada, Mr. McMillan studied at the Britten-Pears School in England and attained a Master’s Degree at the Juilliard School in New York.
Despite an unfortunate farming accident 40 years ago that left him a partial paraplegic, he has had the opportunity to perform a number of operatic roles in concert/semi-staged performances.
His voice studio at James Madison University has gained a solid reputation internationally and is very sought after as a center for vocal excellence. He joined the faculty of the James Madison University School of Music in 2009 and was recently promoted to the rank of Full Professor. He teaches a full studio of voice students, both undergraduate and graduate vocal pedagogy, coaches the JMU Bach Aria Group, and coordinates Auditions and Admissions for the JMU Voice Area.