Dr. Chad R. Payton, countertenor, made both his Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center debuts in Michael Ching’s opera, Corps of Discovery: A Musical Journey, has performed Carmina Burana in Brazil, and has presented chamber music recitals with his professional ensemble, Payton and the Pipes, in Italy and throughout the United States.
During the summers, he teaches on the voice faculty at Seagle Music Colony, the nation’s oldest young artist training program for opera and musical theatre. Since 2016, his artists at Seagle Music Colony and his NYC Studio have placed in various levels of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and are singing with Merola Opera Program, Wolf Trap Opera Company, Chautauqua Opera Company, Sarasota Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Saratoga, Opera Theatre St. Louis, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Delaware, Middlebury Opera, and have received Career Blueprint Awards from Opera America. His music theatre artists have been seen in Naked Boys Singing in NYC, regional houses such as Weathervane Playhouse, have won the national music theatre NATS competition and Hal Leonard Competition, and are singing at international festivals.
He serves as the Chair of the Voice Area at Capital University, where he teaches voice, vocal pedagogy, and the lyric diction courses. Previous to his appointment at Capital, Dr. Payton taught at Delta State University in Mississippi. He serves on Capital’s Academic Standing and Student Affairs Committee, Admissions Review Committee, and is the faculty advisor for Capital University’s SNATS Chapter. Dr. Payton is an active member of NATS, having been recognized as a NATS Intern Participant, Auditions Chair of MS NATS, and currently serves on the Board of Ohio NATS. He has presented audition masterclasses and career development workshops at The Boston Conservatory, Westminster Choir College, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Alabama – Birmingham, University of Missouri, University of Texas El Paso, and Utah State University.