CLIFTON MASSEY (counter-tenor) enjoys performing a variety of vocal styles with world-class musicians. Praised for “impeccable phrasing and intonation” and as "an expressive marvel" by San Francisco Classical Voice and for “depth of tone” by the Dallas Morning News, he strives for informed interpretations of styles from the Middle Ages to newly-composed pieces. Often sought for oratorio and ensemble work in the San Francisco Bay area and beyond, Clifton has appeared as soloist with notable period-instrument groups including Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Concert Royal NYC, American Bach Soloists, and the Dallas Bach Society. Also a proponent of high-level ensemble singing, he has sung with Ensemble viii, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Clerestory and with the award-winning ensemble Chanticleer with whom he performed over 200 concerts, including the Tanglewood Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo Opera City and in a variety of the world’s finest concert halls. As a clinician and educator, Clifton works with area choral groups and currently directs the high school group Ecco of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, internationally known for their commitment to training the finest musicians of tomorrow. Mr. Massey is a native of Dallas, Texas and holds degrees from Texas Christian University and the Indiana University Early Music Institute, where he studied with Paul Elliott, Alan Bennett and Paul Hillier.