Chad Runyon works as a voice teacher, vocal coach and choral conductor throughout the Bay Area. He adjudicates choral festivals for California Music Educator’s Association (CMEA) and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). He served as a guest lecturer in voice at the University of California, Davis, and California State University, San Francisco. He maintains a private voice studio in downtown Danville and sings regularly with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, American Bach Soloists, and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.
He “shapes each song as if it were a miniature tale being freshly recounted … Runyon’s attention to the melding of words and music is sure”, says Gramophone Magazine of his recording, “Sweet Irrational Worship: The Niles-Merton Songs, Opus 171 and 172”.
Chad Runyon has appeared on television, radio and concert programs in Japan, Australia, Singapore, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as the United States and Europe. For nearly a decade, he was a member of the Grammy award-winning ensemble, Chanticleer. Chad sang the opening solo in the Emmy Award-winning PBS broadcast of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert starring George Hearn, Patti LuPone and Neil Patrick Harris. Other recordings include The Gift of the Magi (opera by David Conte), Arsis, 2001; Matins for the Virgin of Guadalupe, Teldec Classics, 1998; and Sing We Christmas, Teldec Classics, 1995. Chad has been featured on over 20 professional recordings.
As a concert and oratorio soloist, Chad has performed Bach’s St. John Passion (Arias, Apollo’s Fire, Goshen, IN); St. Matthew Passion (Christ, Santa Cruz; High Priest, SF Symphony); “Ich habe genuch” (Noon Time Concerts, SF); Messiah (Cal Berkeley); Mozart, Mass in C (San Louis Obispo Mozart Festival); Sumaya (San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival); Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on Christmas Carols (Silicon Valley); Conrad Susa, Carols and Lullabies (SF); Britten, the Traveler in Curlew River (Denver and SF); and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
As an actor, Chad played George Holliday in David Conte’s opera, America Tropical and Uncle Waylon in a staged reading of a new musical, “Mama Don’t Allow,” by Julie Shearer (book by Thacher Hurd), Aurora Theater, Berkeley.
As a commercial singer, Chad sang background vocals in Spy Kids (film), Hellboy (film) and recorded commercials for Palm, and Nescafe.
As a conductor, he has worked with Diablo Theatre Company, Soli Deo Gloria, Pacific Boychoir Academy, Trinity Presbyterian Church, the San Francisco City Chorus, Palo Alto High School, Castro Valley High School and First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley.
Chad received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance from the Wheaton Conservatory in Illinois, and a Master’s in Voice from SMU in Dallas.