Almanack Contributor Darren Woods

Darren Woods

Darren K. Woods is currently the Artistic Director of Seagle Music Colony, the country’s oldest and most prestigious singer training program and also of the newly formed American Center for New Work Development. Mr. Woods has been with Seagle in some leadership capacity since 1996. Mr. Woods was formerly the General Director of Fort Worth Opera (2001-2017) a company that was transformed by restructured festival format, and a devotion to new American opera. Considered a leading expert in 21st century opera composition, Mr. Woods was hailed by Opera News in 2012 as one of the “25 influencers in the world of opera” for the next decade. In addition to mainstage opera productions, Fort Worth Opera launched a contemporary chamber opera series in 2008 called Opera Unbound and in 2013, Mr. Woods further advanced the company’s commitment to new work by starting Frontiers, a composer – librettist competition to identify new operas still in development. He has served on the board of Opera America as a Vice President of Artistic Services. Prior to his management positions, Mr. Woods performed nationally and internationally as an operatic tenor for twenty years. He also served as General Director of Shreveport Opera. Mr. Woods frequently judges vocal competitions including the Richard Tucker Foundation, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Lieber Competition, Denver Opera Guild Competition, Dallas Opera Guild Competition, and Marguerite McCammon Competition.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fulton Fryar’s Closet At Seagle Music Colony

Fulton's room exteriorBack in 1957 John Seagle invited a young singer to his training program, the Seagle Music Colony. The young singer’s name was Fulton Fryar and this is significant because Fulton was the first African-American to come to the Colony. This was several years before the Civil Rights Movement would win its hard-earned victories in Congress and at this time much of America was still segregated, but John thought him talented and wanted him to come study at Seagle Music Colony.

John’s solution to accommodate Fulton for his stay in Schroon Lake was to have a small bedroom built on the side of the laundry building. Fulton sang in all the shows that summer, sang in the vesper and town concerts, and other than sleeping separately, lived a regular colony life. » Continue Reading.

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