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Danté L. Harrell

Danté L. Harrell

Biography

American Performing Artist and North Carolina native Danté L. Harrell graduated with honors from the Arizona Conservatory for the Arts and Academics. Danté’s passion for music lead him to continue his education at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, North Carolina where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with a concentration in Performance. While at NCCU, Danté studied voice and conducting with Richard Banks, composition with Dr. Lance Hulme, opera performance with Elvira Green, and coached with Maestro William Curry of the Durham Symphony.

Danté’s love for music transcends genre and his most recent performance accomplishments
include his Carnegie Hall debut as the Chorus Master for the 250 Years of Beethoven, Celebrated
concert featuring An Die Freude; presented by The Foundation for the Revival of Classical
Culture, a very successful international Japanese tour with Phillip Boykin and The New York
Gospel Brothers, a commanding portrayal of the title role in the musical The Wiz directed by
Linda Twine, and an intimate cabaret with Abigail Aldridge at Chez Josephine NYC.

Danté’s musical repertoire includes such notable works as Dreamgirls, Ain’t Misbehavin,
Linda Twine’s Changed My Name, Margaret Bond’s Ballad of the Brown King, Georges Bizet’s
Carmen, Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Charles Gounod’s Faust, George Gershwin’s Porgy and
Bess, Gioachino Rossini’s Barber of Seville, both J. S Bach’s and Johann Pachelbel’s
Magnificant, William Grant Still’s A Bayou Legend, Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ, R.
Nathaniel Dett’s Ordering of Moses, as well as Requiems by both Gabriel Faure and Wolfgang
A. Mozart.

Danté holds the Masters of Music degree from Norfolk State University where he studied
voice with Gregory Gardner. Currently Danté is a Professor of Music at Essex County College,
serves on the Board of Directors for Harlem Opera Theater, is the Vice-President of the David I.
Martin Music Guild branch of National Association of Negro Musicians, and is the Founder and
Artistic Director of Carpenter Productions whose mission is to educate, enlighten, and entertain
by celebrating the diverse cultural heritage of The United States through the Visual and
Performing Arts. In the Summer of 2021 Danté will serve as Music Director for The Berkshire Theater Group’s production of Christina Ham’s Nina Simone: Four Women directed by Gerry McIntyre. Danté holds membership in the John R. Page #13 Masonic Lodge, P. H. A.

Professional Experience

  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education
  • TV/Film
  • Tours

Regions

  • NYC/Tri-State Area
  • Other Countries

Interested in touring?

  • Yes

Hireable as

  • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Not Pianist)
  • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
  • Music Assistant
  • Orchestrator
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Music Copyist
  • Music Transcriber
  • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
  • Music Contractor/Coordinator
  • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
  • Voice teacher with roster of private students
  • Classroom music teacher at an educational institution
  • Actor-Musician
  • Other

My Instruments

  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Synth - keyboards
  • Voice

Software

  • Finale
  • GarageBand

Pronouns

  • He/Him