CSO Chorus Director
Darrin James Hassevoort has been hailed as “a singer with a superb tenor voice” by the Shakespeare Bulletin. The Chattanooga Times Free Press recently claimed, “Hassevoort boasts a bright, clear tenor voice.” He made his operatic debut in the role of Borsa from Verdi’s Rigoletto, and has performed operatic roles in Madama Butterfly, The Barber of Seville, Lucia di Lammermoor, Faust, La Boheme, Turandot, Amahl And The Night Visitors, and A Hand of Bridge. He was also a featured soloist in the Chattanooga Symphony’s Pops concerts entitled, It’s a Wonderful Night and Play Ball with Maestro Robert Bernhardt. Hassevoort has also worked with musicians such as Kenneth Kiesler, Joseph Flummerfelt, Donald Pippin, and David Brubeck.
Hassevoort has soloed with Choral Arts of Chattanooga and with the Atlanta Sacred Chorale. He has performed in many oratorio productions including Schubert’s Mass in G Major, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Haydn’s Theresienne Messe, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Cantata #12, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and Nelson/Ferrell’s modern oratorio Saviour. Hassevoort has conducted opera performances of Offenbach’s L’ile de Tulipatan, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, and Patience, Schuman’s The Mighty Casey, and Mozart’s Così fan tutte . He served as Assistant Conductor for the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera’s staging rehearsals, and he has also conducted productions of Handel’s Messiah and the Harvest Hymn Festival for the CSO. In addition, Hassevoort has conducted musical theatre productions of The BoyFriend, Working, Cinderella, Musical of Musicals: The Musical, Once Upon A Mattress, The Secret Garden, Little Women, and two musical revues.
He currently serves as the Chorus Master for the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, the Artistic Director of Choral Arts of Chattanooga, and he serves as the Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at Chattanooga State