William Ambert is a native of Hubbard, Ohio, and comes to us with a list of credits from New York City as well as local appearances. Currently Mr. Ambert is an adjunct instructor of voice in the School of Music at Westminster College. He also serves as Cantor at St. Columba Cathedral in downtown Youngstown and has appeared in television broadcasts on CTNY for many of the diocesan events. He is the Soloist at Congregation Rodef Sholom Synagogue in Youngstown, and previously the Cantor and Tenor Soloist at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Youngstown. Mr. Ambert has appeared as a soloist with the Youngstown Symphony Chorus and Orchestra on several occasions as well as the Ashtabula Symphony.
Theatrically, Mr. Ambert has done major roles in Guys and Dolls, Three Penny Opera, Carousel, Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Merry Widow and Der Zigeunerbaron. His most recent stage appearances have been with Opera Westminster in such operas as La Boheme, Il Trovatore, Faust, and The Pearlfishers. He has also staged and musical directed such shows as: The Pirates of Penzance, Into the Woods, She Loves Me, The Pajama Game, Barnum, Damn Yankees, Annie, Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell and Guys and Dolls.
While in New York, Bill performed with The Pro Arte Chamber Singers, The Canterbury Choral Society, The Choir of St. Ignatius of Antioch and other professional groups in the New York City tri-state area. He has also recorded several early choral works while with these groups.
In addition to giving numerous recitals as a tenor and counter tenor, Bill has maintained his own private voice studio for 20 years. He is a graduate of Youngstown State University in the areas of Music and Theatre. Mr. Ambert has also completed several hours of training at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota in the study of Liturgical Music, Chant, Hymnody, Choral Literature, Psalms, and Church Worship. Bill maintains an active membership in the Tri-State Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. (NATS) His students have won many first places at these auditions. He has also served as chapter vice president.