Bass-Baritone, Malcolm Couden, has enjoyed a long and varied career in music. He has vocal performance and education degrees from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and Caldwell University. He is a four-time first place winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (N.A.T.S.) state competitions and the N.A.T.S. Eastern Region Conference. In 1993 he was the top baritone awarded in the National Opera Association competitions and received a scholarship to study at A.I.M.S. in Graz, Austria. A baritone specialist in the operas of Mozart, Handel and Rossini, he is equally adept on the recital and concert stages performing under the batons of Richard Westenburg, William Vendice and Benton Hess. Couden enjoyed 12 seasons singing with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus performing mostly in Wagner's signature operas and in 2001, toured the Far East as an elder in Schonberg's Moses und Aaron and Verdi's Requiem. A long time church singer he has sung in many NYC churches including, St. John's in the West Village, St. Mary the Virgin, Church of the Holy Family and Marble Collegiate Church. A New Jersey native, he turned his career toward education 11 years ago and is now Director of Choirs at Bergenfield High School in Bergenfield, N.J. His superior rated choirs regularly thrill audiences in the greater NYC metropolitan area!