Church Staff — Music Director Emeritus
Ed Kingins, described as . . . “a tenor who is handsome, musical, and can act,” has appeared with equal success in opera, concert and oratorio.
He received his musical education at the American Conservatory of Music, Heidelberg College, and Wayne State University. Most of his vocal study was with Avery Crew; he has, however, also studied with Maude Taylor Childs, Edison Harris, Barre Hill, and Ferris Ohl. More recently, as the recipient of a Martha Baird Rockefeller Award, he studied with Boris Goldovsky.
Ed has appeared as leading tenor in Michigan Opera Theatre productions of The Merry Widow, Boris Godunov, Die Fledermaus, Regina, Carmen, and in tours of Lucia di Lammermoor, Madame Butterfly, and Die Fledermaus. He has also sung principal roles with the Cleveland Opera and made numerous appearances with the Des Moines Metro Opera Festival.
A former Belle Isle Auditions winner, he has appeared as soloist on numerous occasions with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Chamber Orchestra, the Detroit Concert Band, and the Buffalo Philharmonic. In addition, he has appeared with the Flint Symphony, the Saginaw Symphony, the Kalamazoo Symphony, the Scandinavian Symphony, and the Niagara Falls Philharmonic.
Aside from orchestral and operatic commitments, Ed has performed throughout the Midwest as a recitalist and in oratorio. Included among the many series and festivals in which he has appeared have been the Laudenslager Chamber Music Series, the Pro-Mozart Society, Schoolcraft Summer Festival, Brunch with Bach, Marygrove College Chamber Concerts, Wayne State University Spring Festival, the Cranbrook Festival, and the Meadowbrook Festival.