Ken Garner, Tenor, is an accomplished tenor performing, these days, almost exclusively in oratorio. He has been a member of the all-professional core of The Philadelphia Singers since 1977, appearing regularly as soloist with the ensemble.
A review of a Handel' s Messiah performance with The Singers said "tenor Kenneth Garner sang “Ev'ry valley shall be exalted” with angelic brilliance." He is a regularly sought-after soloist with The Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Vox Ama Deus Ensemble and The Philadelphia Chamber Chorus and has also appeared with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, The Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, The Bach Festival of Philadelphia, Choral Society of Montgomery County and other regional performing arts organizations.
He is an inherent interpreter of the music of J. S. Bach having performed solos in the Passions, B Minor Mass, Magnificat and most of the Cantatas. He made his west coast debut in 1997 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles in an all Bach program with the Los Angeles Master Choral and Symphonia. In addition to Bach, Mr. Garner specializes in the oratorios of Handel, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. Since January 1980, he has been tenor soloist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia. He has also appeared in over 30 operatic roles with The Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, Lake George Opera, Chautauqua Opera Company, the Corfu International Festival and The Friends of French Opera in New York City.
Mr. Garner is a graduate of the all-scholarship The Academy of Vocal Arts and Temple University, and studied business at Bloomsburg State University.