Brent Weber

YAS Faculty

Instruments: Voice, Voice (classical)
Education: B.M.E., Kansas State University
M.M., University of Missouri in Kansas City
M.M., Yale School of Music

Currently Teaching: Summer Programs

A Fredonia voice faculty member since 2013, Brent Weber teaches Applied Voice, Opera Seminar, Opera History and has stage directed many productions including The Merry Widow, for the Hillman Opera and Don Giovani, Little Women, Music Man, Phantom of the Opera & Les Miserables Highlights, with Western New York Chamber Orchestra at the Rockefeller Arts Center. In 2019, he will be directing My Fair Lady for the Commencement Eve Pops Concerts.

Weber is equally successful in front of an orchestra or chorus. He has conducted the Chautauqua County All-County Honor Choir and the PMEA Regional Choir, and the Young People’s Chorus in Erie. In higher education he conducted the Edinboro University Singers and Chorale and the Chamber Choir at Mercyhurst University and at Brookdale Community College in Lynhurst, NJ, he initiated their first community choral ensemble. Weber was also the chorus master for the Lyric Orchestra, a grass roots production company that presented operas and chamber works in New York, New Jersey and Florida. With the Lyric Orchestra he directed, sang and conducted for more than 10 years. As General Director of the Erie Opera Theatre, (EOT) he produced and conducted the world premiere opera, The Selfish Giant, 2 years later, he sang the tenor role which was recorded with the Erie Chamber Orchestra. Additional conducting credits with EOT include, La Bohème, Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Elixir of Love and Gala Concerts.

As an operatic tenor, Weber has performed many roles. His favorites include the Duke in Rigoletto, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Rodolfo in La Bohème & Luisa Miller, and Don Carlo in Don Carlo, with the opera companies of St. Louis, Miami, Memphis, Syracuse, Holders Festival in Barbados, New York, Chicago and New Jersey. Featured solo accomplishments in oratorio include, Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Mass in C at Carnegie Hall in New York, Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. and many duet recitals with his wife, soprano Lisa Layman. His Broadway credits include the “Encores, Great American Musicals” premiere production of Fiorello, with additional productions of Call Me Madame, and Lady in the Dark at City Center in New York. For three years he performed the role of Piangi in, The Phantom of the Opera, Vancouver and Toronto, with Livent National Company of Canada.

When not teaching at Fredonia, Weber can be found in Pittsburgh, PA as Coordinator of Voice and Opera at Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University, where he teaches Voice, Vocal Literature, Opera Workshop and Acting for Singers and at Grove City College, where he also teaches Voice.