James R. Tener


James Tener

Senior Lecturer



James R. Tener, baritone, is an applied voice instructor of non-voice majors and performing arts majors in the Dept. of Music at Iowa State, having served ISU for 25 years. He has received Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees from the University of Iowa, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University and completed a Teacher Certification program at Iowa State. In the fall of 2016 he received an award for Excellence in Teaching by a Lecturer in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. While he has recently retired from active professional singing, he has a long list of oratorio and recital performances to his credit in Iowa and Connecticut. (Please link to this Resume below.) Among these many performances are the following: in 1996 he performed as bass soloist with the Iowa City Chamber Singers in their performances of the Requiem of Mozart and the St. Matthew Passion of Bach with instrumentalists and soloists from the University of Iowa. . He has performed as soloist with the Warsaw Philharmonic in a performance of the Requiem of Mozart in Ames,and was the last minute substitute for Simon Estes with the Des Moines Symphony in the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven and the Te Deum of Dvorak in October of 1997. In 1998 he performed the midwest premier of the Elegy for Mother Theresa for baritone and orchestra by William Zinn with the Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra, and in 1973 he was soloist in a Bernstein Festival in New York. He was the Music Director for 4 Musicals at ISU and one at Actor’s Community Theatre and works closely with the ISU Theatre faculty. As a church musician, he spent 30 years as Director of Music in three Iowa churches. Currently he focuses on his teaching at Iowa State University, helping the Theatre Department as unofficial vocal coach/ accompanist, and serves on the ISU Faculty Senate and the AIOFA board. He lives in Ames and can be contacted to request private voice or classical guitar instruction at this e-mail address: jtener@iastate.edu or by calling or texting 515-291- 5494.