About Adrian

Adrian Dunn is an a critically acclaimed singer, composer, and conductor.  Mr. Dunn holds a Bachelor of  Music and Master of Music degree in Voice from The Music Conservatory at Roosevelt University  with additional musical studies in opera at The Sibelius Academy of Music in Finland. 

His most recent composition and concert work Emancipation recently aired on PBS as a 1 hour special featuring The Adrian Dunn Singers & Dunn’s Rize Orchestra. In 2022 he made his Ravinia Festival Chicago Symphony Orchestra composer debut with a choral commission of Going Home from the Dvorak New World Symphony conducted by Marin Alsop. He and The Adrian Dunn Singers performed the film score for the  2022 major motion picture, Honk for Jesus starring Sterling K. Brown (from the NBC hit show This Is Us) and  Regina Hall. In 2022 Mr. Dunn won The American Prize in Composition for Requiem from The Mass for  the  Unarmed  Child and was  named  in  the Top  10  Classical music &  Jazz  performances  of  2021  by  Chicago Tribune.  He made his composer and conducting debut with The Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra in June  2021. His interview on his original composition The Black Messiah was published in the Voices: A  World Forum for Music Therapy. 

Mr. Dunn is writing his first full length opera: The 42 Project on  the life of Black Major League  Baseball star Jackie Robinson.  Mr. Dunn’s trilogy cycle second installment Emancipation was recently released as an album featuring  The  Adrian  Dunn  Singers  and  Rize  Orchestra.  His composition Requiem was most recently performed by the Charlotte Symphony  Orchestra and the Morehouse Glee Club in March 2022.  He was also the chorus conductor for the  Mozart  Requiem  with  the  Elgin  Symphony  Orchestra  and  was  a  guest  artist  in  residence  at  California State University Fullerton. 

Mr. Dunn is a MacArthur grant recipient for his original work Hopera: A Hip Hop Opera. He has  opened for international Hip Hop Recording Artist The Roots at Indiana University.  He served as  principle vocal  coach for  Kanye West’s artist  development  program Donda’s House.  He was a  featured artist and vocal coach for the live DVD recording of the Higher Ground Gospel Choir in  Helsinki, Finland.  He has  toured  throughout  the US, South Africa, Italy, Germany,  the UK, and  Scandinavia. 

Mr. Dunn has sung with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Grant Park Symphony Chorus, and Blossom  Festival Chorus.  He was the chorus conductor for the Seven Last Words of the Unarmed by Joel  Thompson with The Adrian Dunn Singers at Chicago’s Symphony Center and Wentz Hall in 2019.  He was the chorus master for Chicago Opera Theater’s production of Freedom Ride in 2019 and  sang in the 2018 production of Moby Dick with COT.  He was tenor soloist for Handel’s Messiah at  Rockefeller  Chapel  in  2018  and  was  the  tenor  soloist  for  Pucinni’s  Messa  de  Gloria  with  the  Northwestern  University  Orchestra.  He  was  the  Tenor  soloist  of A  Child  of  our  Time with  the  University of Chicago Orchestra in 2019 and was guest artist in residence with the University of  Chicago Chorus. In 2019 he was the composer for the Lyric Unlimited Opera education program at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  He sung the lead role in the 2017 Chicago premiere of the Paul  Laurence Dunbar opera The Poet and in 2016 served as the opera chorus master for the Midwest  premiere of  the opera Harriet Tubman – When I Crossed That Line  to Freedom with  the South  Shore Opera Company of Chicago.

As  an  active  professional  singer,  producer,  and  songwriter, Mr.  Dunn  has  had  the  privilege  of  working with gospel greats such as Tremaine Hawkins, Myron Butler, Melonie Daniels, Troy Bright,  Lamar Campbell, Damien Sneed, Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago, Smokie Norful,  Jonathan Nelson, and many more.  He was awarded the 2015 Album Producer of  the Year for AME Live featuring  the AME International Mass Choir from  the Rhythm of Gospel Awards.

Mr. Dunn’s private voice students can be seen in Broadway  National  tours of  Lion  King, Ghost, the  Color  Purple, Hamilton,  Kinky  Boots,  Rent,  BET’s  show  Sunday  Best,  Drury  Lane  Theater,  The  Paramount  Theater,  Black  Ensemble  Theater,  and  as  background vocalists for major record label artists on tour throughout the US and abroad. He is currently the Director of Choral Programs & voice faculty member  at The Colburn School.


2023 season calendar

Emancipation LA Premiere album release | Friday, Feb. 4, 7:00 p.m. Zipper Concert Hall Colburn School.

Emancipation PBS Special | Monday, Feb. 13, 9;00 p.m. CST. WTTW/ PBS Chicago

Guest Artist Bowlingbrook H.S. | Thursday, Feb. 16 th at 7:00 p.m.

Artist in Residence, University of Illinois Chicago | Friday Feb. 17th at 7:00 p.m. Notre Dame de Chicago

Emancipation Album Release concert | Sunday, Feb. 26th at 6:30 p.m. The Adrian Dunn Singers at DuSable Museum

Black Lives Matter Lenten Service | Wednesday, March 15 Christ the Good Shepherd in Crenshaw. Los Angeles, CA. The Adrian Dunn Singers

CSPA Collaboration concert | Sunday April 2nd at 6:00 p.m. Alex Theater Glendale, CA Adrian Dunn Conducting

Payne Theological Seminary | Friday, May 6th 10:00 a.m. The Adrian Dunn Singers

St. Johns Cathedral Los Angeles | June 17th 3:00 p.m. The Adrian Dunn Singers

Black Music Matters Summit LA | June 18th 2:00 p.m.

Summer Choral Clinic Colburn School | June 21-23

Summer Music Clinic University Wisconsin | June 26-30

AME Congress Justice: An Elevated Experience, Greenville Convention Center | July 7th 7:00 p.m. Greenville, SC

Ravinia Festival Chicago Symphony | July 14 6:00 p.m. Emancipation


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