David Stanley has shown himself a versatile singing artist in both the tenor and countertenor repertoire. Mr. Stanley holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from Ouachita Baptist University (summa cum laude), a Master of Music in voice performance from the Southern Methodist University, and is currently working toward a Doctorate of Musical Arts in voice performance from the University of North Texas. Principal teachers have included Jennifer Lane, Barbara Hill Moore, Debra Raymond, and Charles Wright. Coaches have included Martha Gerhart, Christopher Alden, Ira Siff, Jennifer Peterson, John Muetter, Tara Emerson, Darren Keith Woods, Joe Illick, and John Williams. Mr. Stanley has also worked with Cynthia Hoffmann at the Juilliard School and William Neill at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. An award winning singer, including district winner and regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Stanley has been in demand as a soloist with various ensembles throughout the US, including most recently the Dallas Bach Society, the Orchestra of New Spain, Denton’s Collegium Musicum, Adler. He has been a featured soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Handel’s Saul, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation, Bach’s St. John Passion, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, the Odes of Henry Purcell, among others.
Also at ease in the musical theatre genre, Mr. Stanley has performed numerous roles on both theatrical and operatic stages. Favorite roles include principal characters in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Die Fledermaus, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, A Christmas Carol, The Gifts of the Magi, West Side Story, and The Sound of Music. Mr. Stanley also served as the founder and Artistic Director of The San Jacinto Project, a faith-based performing arts organization in downtown Dallas that served to thrive with a message of hope in the DFW artistic community through the use of secular performing arts experiences. The SJP’s productions, produced and directed by Mr. Stanley, received overwhelmingly positive critical response from both news media outlets and the community at large. As a stage director, Mr. Stanley’s recent credits have included The Gifts of the Magi, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain, Little Women, and three productions of A Christmas Carol. An active church musician, Mr. Stanley has served on the Worship Arts staffs at the First Baptist Churches of Dallas and Carrollton, TX, and has directed choral ensembles ranging from children to senior adults.
As a studio voice teacher, many of Mr. Stanley’s students are award winning stage actors, singers, and conservatory students across the U.S. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Mr. Stanley is married to Noelle Mason Stanley, an OBU graduate and professional actress and educator.