Adjunct Instructor of Voice, Opera Theatre, and Collaborative Pianist
John Alec Briggs holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance degree from OBU, where he studied with Mary Worthen. In addition he completed two years graduate studies at Louisiana State University, studying voice with Martina Arroyo and serving as a staff accompanist.
Mr. Briggs also earned a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University. His master’s thesis, The Theatre and the City, was completed in residence in Venice, Italy and explored building a modern addition to that city’s historic La Fenice opera house. He is a member of Tau Sigma Delta, architecture’s honor society and is an Associate in the American Institute of Architects.
As a performer his opera credits include the title role in Don Giovanni, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitor, and both Betto and Simone in Gianni Schicchi. In musical theatre he has appeared in the lead role of Marvin in William Finn’s In Trousers and as Box in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Cox and Box. While a student at OBU he worked for three summers as a pianist and singer at Magic Springs Theme Park in Hot Springs under the direction of Mary Shambarger. His television credits include guest appearances on The Ricki Lake Show and The Sally Jesse Raphael Show.
Mr. Briggs conceived and performed three solo cabaret shows that ran for several years in New York City. The shows, Six Degrees from Mercer, Six More Degrees from Mercer and Six Degrees from Arlen, celebrate The Great American Songbook and were directed by Helen Baldassare, who was an original cast member of the off-Broadway phenomenon, Nunsense. He has also performed these same shows aboard cruise liners worldwide for Cunard Cruise Lines, Renaissance Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.
He was the Organist and Choirmaster at New York’s historic Saint George Episcopal Church, built in 1750, where he oversaw the design and installation of a 45 rank pipe organ. Prior to that he was Organist and Choirmaster at Saint Brigid Catholic Church where Jackie Kennedy Onassis was in regular attendance.
In scenic design Mr. Briggs worked on both the Broadway and National Tour productions of Jekyll & Hyde. He also worked on Of Mice and Men and Lizzie Borden at New York City Opera and Glimmerglass Opera as well as the Kennedy Center production of Debbie Allen’s Brothers of the Knight. Television production credits include Gala for the President at Ford’s Theatre and The Miss America Pageant.