Kansas City-based tenor Preston Hereford has thus far enjoyed performing a breadth of repertoire from early music to new compositions. He holds a BA in Music from Pepperdine University. Mr. Hereford recently joined the Aquilon Music Festival and Young Artist Program for a second time. With the program, he performed the role of Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, covered Monostotos in Die Zauberflöte, sang in the opera chorus of the modern-day premiere of the Lully opera parody, La chûte de Phaëton, and collaborated with other young artists and mentors in concert, masterclasses, and recitals. Mr. Hereford sang in Pepperdine's productions of The Merry Widow, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, and The Pirates of Penzance. He also performed various roles in several musicals and in Pepperdine's prestigious Heidelberg summer music program. At Pepperdine, he sang in masterclasses for Stephanie Blythe and composer Ben Moore. Most recently, Mr. Hereford sang the Second Priest and covered Tamino and Monostatos in Landlocked Opera's Die Zauberflöte. Also with Landlocked, he performed Léonato in Béatrice et Bénédict and Opera Scenes and Trial by Jury. Mr. Hereford studies voice with Dr. Jonathan Ray.
Apart from opera, Mr. Hereford maintains a regular schedule of choral work. He currently sings with the Schola Cantorum Choir at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Recently, he was the tenor soloist for CPE Bach's Magnificat with the MO Oratorio Society. He sang with Kantorei KC for the North American premiere of composer Will Todd's Passion Music at the ACDA national convention. He has also sung with the Kantorei KC Choral Scholars. In school, he performed with the Pickford New Music Ensemble and both the Pepperdine Concert and Chamber choirs, the latter of which toured domestically and internationally (Italy and Czech Republic). Additional choral performances include MTKC's 2018 production of All is Calm.
Mr. Hereford is currently earning an MA in Art History from Lindenwood University and is particularly interested in interdisciplinary studies between art and music. He currently interns in the European Art Department at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.