Royce Strider is best known throughout the U.S.A. as a versatile and charismatic singer and performer. He has sadly needed to postpone his Jazz at Lincoln Center debut for the summer of 2020 as a Studio Artist with Teatro Nuovo, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020/2021 season saw Royce in new recordings of Le nozze di Figaro and Street Scene as part of the inaugural season with Social Distance Opera. He also began his third season on the roster of the Pittsburgh Camerata. With an affinity for early music, Royce recently completed training in Baroque performance at the Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music Baroque Collective program. He was also named a National Finalist for the 2018-2019 American Prize in Art Song/Oratorio Performance. In the spring of 2018, he made his Mississippi debut with the Natchez Festival of Music as Carl-Magnus Malcolm (A Little Night Music), as well as his Pittsburgh debut as part of the Ensemble for Disney’s The Little Mermaid with Pittsburgh Musical Theater.
In 2017, Royce made his debut with Painted Sky Opera, covering Sacristan (Tosca). For the summers of 2015, 16, and 17, he worked with the Ohio Light Opera, performing an array of operetta and musical theater, including Oliver Hix (The Music Man), Prime Minister von Mark (The Student Prince), Prince Ulrich (The Lady of the Slipper), Second Gunman (Kiss Me Kate), Detective Baker (Jerome Kern’s Have A Heart), and covering Captain Corcoran (H.M.S. Pinafore) and Pish-Tush (The Mikado).
His concert work includes the solos for Brahms's Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and numerous Bach cantatas.
Other opera and theatre roles include Capulet (Roméo et Juliette), the Mayor (John Musto’s The Inspector), Reverend Hale (The Crucible), Prince Yashvin (David Carlson’s Anna Karenina), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Brétigny (Manon), the Baker (Into the Woods), Betto (Gianni Schicchi), Henry Davis (Street Scene), Le Superintendent des plaisirs (Cendrillon), Starveling (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Kromov (Die Lustige Witwe), and Lillas Pastia (La tragédie de Carmen).
Royce serves as a Voice Instructor at the Mercyhurst University D’Angelo Department of Music and as Artistic Director of the D’Angelo Opera Theatre. He also maintains a voice studio in Meadville, PA as well as over Zoom. Royce has received a Certificate of Distinction in Vocal Pedagogy from Boston Conservatory at Berklee. His students have been cast in leading roles in their school musicals, as well as earned recognition in national competitions and state, regional, and national honor choirs.
With roots in Norman, OK, he completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Missouri - Kansas City and his Masters at the University of Houston. Royce is currently based in the Pittsburgh area, and loves good food, good wine, and his not-so-good cats, Hamlet and Horatio.