Lyric Tenor, Da Capo Founder and President of Board of Directors, Jeff Prillaman enjoys a variety of solo engagements in both national and international venues. While completing his Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School in New York City, he enjoyed a Carnegie Hall debut with the Opera Orchestra of New York and he continues to actively perform and share his passion for arts “in community”. Equally at home on the opera stage and the concert stage, he has a special affinity for art song and is excited by the unique communication medium provided by the intimate concert events generally associated with song and lecture recitals. His long time love for the Bel Canto, oratorio, and traditional tenor concert repertoire from Donizetti to Verdi and Puccini has recently evolved to an intensive study of the songs of Franz Liszt and an exploration of American songs from his colleagues and contemporaries. This wide ranging repertoire has provided performances venues ranging from Dvorak Hall in Prague, Czech Republic to recitals in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. In 2010, he debuted “Come Thou Fount” a song cycle written specifically for him and based on traditional sacred harp tunes by Dr Charles Hulin IV of Southeastern University. A professional recording of this new cycle is set for public release in the Fall of 2013.

As a businessman, strategist and technologist, Mr Prillaman has worked for corporations in NJ and VA and completed an executive certificate in management from the Darden School of Business at the University of VA. He is currently a Managing Solutions Architect for Cisco Systems and was recently award a prestigious Innovation for Business Excellence award for his design and launch of the Advanced Services consulting practice for Business Collaboration, Strategy, Usage & Adoption. Previously he was the Director of Corporate Solutions IT, for Capital One serving as the Business Information Officer for Human Resource and Corporate Real Estate.

As a recording artist, Mr Prillaman is the featured tenor on Elysium records' "Haydn in Hellenic Antiquity" released 1995 and was the tenor soloist in '94 on Chesky records' "Like as a Hart" with Joseph Flummerfelt and the Westminster Choir.

In addition to his solo performing career, Mr Prillaman is an accomplished conductor, an expert in Group Vocal Technique, and an experienced Minister of Music with a passion for arts in the local church and surrounding community. He holds a a Bachelors Degree summa cum laude from Westminster Choir College in Princeton NJ where he studied under Joseph Flummerfelt, and pursued specialized studies in Group Vocal Technique under the esteemed Frauke Haasemann and Dr. James Jordan. His dedication to working with musicians of all ages, professional and amateur has led to his continued work in churches, public schools and at the collegiate level. These opportunities have ranged across the United States, from Virginia to Connecticut, to California and they form the foundation of his passion for the Da Capo Institute. His most recent university teaching position was on the teaching faculty at Rutgers University in NJ.

Quote 2 NOTE: John Adams On Choosing a Life in the Arts
"A life in the arts means a life of sacrifice and tens of thousands of hours of devotion and discipline with scant remuneration and sometimes even scant recognition. A life in the arts means loving complexity and ambiguity, of enjoying the fact that there are no single, absolute solutions. And it means that you value communicating about matters of the spirit over the baser forms of human interaction, because you know that life is not just a transaction, not simply a game about winning someone’s confidence purely for purposes of material gain."