Actor. Tenor. Teacher. Arts Leader.
This will be my bio.
Breaking Down Silos
Throughout my career, I have never been comfortable by being defined by one title. Actor, Singer, Teacher, Entrepreneur - although they all are roles that accurately describe my professional pursuits, no one ever has described the multi-dimensional career that I have enjoyed. From performing on Broadway Stages to singing with World Class Symphonies from Conducting Master Classes to Consulting with Non-Profit Arts Organizations, it is my belief that all of these experiences enjoy a symbiotic relationship with each other and defy the limits that others have placed on me when trying to Silo me into any single professional category.
September, 2017 - Present
MFA Arts Leadership - Seattle University
Pursuing my graduate degree has been an incredibly rewarding experience. For years I have had the desire to have a voice in how the organizations where I have been eloped as a performer are run. This program and my cohort have helped me to gain greater insight into the myriad challenges that non profit arts institutions face and new and exciting ways to meet them. Through my practicums I have had the opportunity to work with several NFPs in the Greater-Seattle Area, as well as produce several of my own projects that have focused no building relationships between artists and admininstraters. I will continue to forge these alliances and break down barriers between theses often separated groups.
June, 2002 - Present
I have appeared in Broadway and Off-Broadway Shows, National Tours, and on the stages of numerous Regional Theaters. Favorite experiences include: Miss Saigon (Chris), Next to Normal (Dan), Into the Woods (Wolf/Cinderella's Prince), Most Happy Fella (Herman), and Guys and Dolls (Sky). He has appeared on PBS's Great Performances and in a national commercial for Gillette. I have been a proud member of member of Actors Equity Association since 2002.
October, 2008 - Present
A classically trained Tenor with performance practice in the musical theatre canon, I consider myself a true crossover singer. Appearances include engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Omaha Symphony. As specialist in the music of Leonard Bernstein, I have had the honor to have been featured onWest Side Story (Riff - Grammy Nomination) and Mass (Celebrant). I also recently debuted a new solo concert, You Raise Me Up, for the Kamuela Philharmonic.
May, 2002 - Present
I have taken an active role in helping artists of all ages hone their talents. From private voice instruction to conducting Master Classes at universities and pre-professional training programs, as well as devising and implementing Community Arts Workshops in assisted living communities and conducting volunteer choirs, I believe that every individual should be able to practice and improve their craft. I also have a keen interest in helping emerging and established performing artists discover a better sense of agency over their careers.
News and Updates
Kevin will reunite with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Kevin Vortmann and the Philadelphia Orchestra in Leonard Bernstein's Candide. Kevin will be singing the role of Pangloss. June 20-22, 2019
New Website Launched
Collaborating with Cultural Access Washington, developing their new Social Media Campaign Marketing Strategy.
Singing the role of Kaspar in Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors with Steamboat Symphony Orchestra in Steamboat Springs, CO.
2018 - Bernstein Centennial
Deutsche Grammophon released a live recording of the Philadelphia Orchestra's performance of Leonard Bernstein's Mass, featuring Kevin as the Celebrant.
Bernstein Performances with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Orchestra of the Music Makers (Singapore), University of South Carolina, University of Virginia, and the Master Chorale of South Florida.
Praise for Recording of Leonard Bernstein's Mass
"Today, there are classically trained young singers who go to Broadway or the Met but might as easily have gone to the other, and there are singers who work in both places. By sound alone, Kevin Vortmann, who sings the enormous role of the Celebrant in this new recording conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, would seem (by his impeccable vowels and diction, classically supported tone and fastidious attention to the markings in the score) to be a classical performer who has learned pop style. But he comes to Mass mostly from the Broadway side. Vortmann gives a musician’s account of the role, the sort of performance that makes the Epistle section sound like a better piece of music than it is."
-Opera News (William R. Braun)
"Kevin Vortmann as Mass’s celebrant is nothing short of a tour de force...the Celebrant receives from Vortmann a mesmerizingly complex, cogent characterization."
- Voix des Arts (Joseph Newsome)
Nominated for Gregory Award
Kevin's performance of The Wolf / Cinderella's Prince has been nominated for a Gregory Award in the category of Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
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