Praised by the New York Times for his "clear voice and attractive timbre" and San Francisco Classical Voice for his "flawless singing," Ian Howell, Countertenor, has performed on major concert stages on five continents and thirty-five American states. In 2006, Mr. Howell took First Prize at the American Bach Soloists International Solo Competition with an acclaimed performance of Bach's Cantata BWV 170, Vergnügte Ruh, and Third Prize at the Oratorio Society of New York's Competition. This Blacksburg, VA native can be heard with the all male chamber choir Chanticleer on one DVD and seven CDs, including the GRAMMY award winning Lamentations and Praises and the GRAMMY award nominated Our American Journey. Recent roles include the alto soloist in Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, Solomon in Handel's Solomon, Endimion in Cavalli's La Calisto, and Lichas in Handel's Hercules.  Future opera and concert engagements include performances with The American Bach Soloists, The Choir of St Thomas 5th Ave (NYC), The Vancouver Chamber Choir, The Philadelphia Bach Festival, The Staunton Music Festival, and The Princeton University Glee Club. A debut solo CD with The American Bach Soloists will be released Fall 2008 featuring repertory by D. Scarlatti, J.S. Bach, and Handel. Mr. Howell is committed to spreading awareness of the countertenor voice and is an active teacher and clinician; he maintains a teaching studio in the New Haven area and teaches regularly in New York City. Mr. Howell graduated in 2006 with a Master of Music Degree in Voice offered jointly by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the Yale School of Music.