Baritone Jermaine Woodard Jr, hailing from Portsmouth, Virginia, devotes himself to a diversified singing career ranging from Opera, Musical Theatre, Jazz, R&B, Popular, Sacred, Contemporary-Inspirational, and Choral music. One who fancies ‘the art of’ ensemble singing, this primal reason has kept him deeply involved in New England’s choral and concert scene as a soloist, professional ringer, and volunteer since graduating from the University of Hartford in 2016. Thrilled to be back for his THIRD season with CONCORA, other Choral-affiliates include the all-pro recording choir ensemble Composer’s Choir, Greater Springfield’s Novi Cantori, Wallingford Chorale, New Haven Chorale, and Cathedral of Saint Joseph’s all-professional Schola Cantorum. Woodard is currently Baritone section-leader and soloist at Asylum Hill Congregational Church and The Hartford Chorale. Recent career highlights include: Baron Duphol in Verdi’s La Traviata; Jim Conley in Jason Robert Brown’s Parade; baritone soloist in Duruflé’s Requiem, op. 9; Jesus in J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion; Mr. Jenks in Copland’s The Tender Land; one of six soloists in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, op. 80 with Hartford Symphony Orchestra; and Coalhouse Walker in the musical Ragtime. Former music director of University of Saint Joseph’s Blue Jays in Spirit group, Woodard also cantors frequently at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, Sacred Heart Church of Bloomfield, and Church of the Holy Spirit (Newington).