Alvin Brightbill


  • Program:
    Choral and Sacred Music
  • Division:
    Classical Performance and Composition
  • Expertise:
    Choral Music


As a professional Tenor Soloist, Alvin Brightbill has sung extensively throughout the Western United States in appearances with: the Carmel, Oregon and Los Angeles Bach Festivals; the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival; the William Hall Chorale; the Roger Wagner Chorale; the Los Angeles Master Chorale;Cuesta Chorale; and the San Diego Master Chorale. He has also appeared in roles with the Portland Opera, Long Beach Opera, Western Opera Theater and the Guild and Euterpe Opera companies of Los Angeles. Appearances with orchestras include La Jolla, Santa Monica, Irvine, Long Beach, Aliso Viejo Bakersfield, and Santa Fe (NM) Symphonies.

He has appeared as soloist with Robert Shaw, Roger Wagner, Helmuth Rilling, Sir David Wilcocks and appeared with jazz legend, Dave Brubeck and his quartet in the role of the Cantor in a performance of Brubreck’s oratorio, Gates of Justice. Brightbill has recorded as a soloist with the Roger Wagner Chorale on a recording of sacred Latin American choral music, and was also the voice of Carmine in an operatic spoof on an episode of “Laverne and Shirley.” He also provided the operatic voice for Rodney Dangerfield in his last film, The 4th Tenor. Recent performances have included concerts with Austin Civic Chorus and members of the Austin Symphony, as well as performing as soloist for the West Coast Premiere of Jonathan Willcocks’ A Great and Glorious Victory with the composer conducting.

The Los Angeles Times described his singing as “sang with clarion sounds and thrilling exigency.” Of his conducting, the Times wrote “a well motivated reading, the chorale was powerful, but never strident” (Beethoven Missa Solemnis).

Brightbill holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Chapman University and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Voice and Conducting from California Institute of the Arts. He served as Director of Choral and Vocal Studies, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Saddleback Master Chorale and Chairman of the Music Department at Saddleback College for 30 years until his retirement in May of 2005. He has served on the Voice Faculties of Cal State Fullerton, UCI and Concordia Universities, and is in constant demand as a vocal and choral clinician, soloist and choral and vocal adjudicator throughout the Western United States.

Academic degrees

  • MFA, California Institute of the Arts
  • BM, Chapman University