Fred has been working as a singer in Rhode Island for over thirty years. He began singing, as a cantor at Temple Beth Am here in Warwick, before he began college. While a music major at Rhode Island College he also began singing as a soloist/section leader in variouls churches throughout RI, including at Central Congrgationl Church, a position to which he was fortunate enough to return after an absence of twenty years. Recent appearances include Mozart’s Requiem here in Providence, the premiere of Lest We Forget, by RI composer Steven DeCesare, Handel’s Messiah in Concord New Hampshire, as well as Opera Providnce’s Merry Widow. A familiar face to area audiences, he has appeared with many local musical organizations, among them, New Bedford Symphony, Mastersingers by the Sea, Rhode Islnad Civic Chorale and Orchestra, South County Chamber Singers, Opera Providence, Operatunity, Operartisti, URI Opera Workshop Guest Artist, Ocean State Light and Ocean StateLyric Opera Companies, Ocean State Chamber Orchestra, Theater-by-the-Sea, Beavertail Productions, Trinity Repertory Company, Mystic River Choral, South County Courthouse Players, and Wheaton College.
He has toured the country appearing as Ubalo Piangi in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. He worked with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for seven seasons, during which time he appeared in seventeen productions under such directors as Colin Graham, Rhode Levine and Linda Brovsky and conductors, Leonard Slatkin, John Nelson, Andrew Litton, Joseph Rescigno and Stephen Lord. Coaches include Mark Ferrell, Dean Williamson, Stephen Lord, Tom Gligoroff, Matthew Larson, Leann Hillmer, Ben Malensek and John Keene. He holds a Bachelors degree in vocal performance for RIC and a Masters and Doctorate in vocal performance from the University of Kansas. Dr. Scheff is an adjunct Faculty member at RIC. One interesting note, his first voice teacher was Alice Pellegrino. You may note the slight similarity in name to our Bass player for this evening.