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David Jimerson
David Jimerson

Applied Voice Music Professor


David Jimerson, baritone, is Associate Professor Emeritus at PSU. He has had an active career as a performer of opera, oratorio, and song recital literature.

He has performed with Portland Opera, Seattle Opera, Reno Opera, Arizona Opera, Boise Opera, and Anchorage Civic Opera. Professor Jimerson's varied operatic repertoire includes Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Schaunard in La Bohème, Sonora in La Fanciulla del West, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Gianni in Gianni Schicchi, Prince Ottokar in Der Freischütz, The Royal Herald in Lohengrin, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Tonio in Pagliacci, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro.

His oratorio performances have been with The Oregon Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, The Portland Symphonic Choir, The Salem Chorale, and The Peter Britt Festival Orchestra. These performances have included The Messiah(Handel), L'Enfance du Christ (Berlioz), Requiem (Fauré, Mozart and Brahms), Carmina Burana (Orff), The Five Mystical Songs (Vaughan Williams), and The Christmas Oratorio (Bach).

In December of 2000 David recorded his CD, "Music I Heard With You." The recording is of songs by the American composer Richard Faith and is available on-line at

Throughout his career, Professor Jimerson has received a good deal of critical acclaim.

  • "Jimerson's resonant baritone anchored the ensemble with its size and force, registering each emotion impressively. It was a major piece of work."
    --The Oregonian.
  • "David Jimerson's strong bass voice was full of power and personality in each of his solos."
    --The Oregonian.
  • "Jimerson sang...freely and with a sense of humor. His voice had strength and effective range from falsetto to bass, and a pleasant richness of tone."
    --Grand Rapids Press.
  • "Jimerson displayed a lustrous voice that has polish and discipline."
    --Arizona Daily Star.
  • "David Jimerson was forceful and effective."
    --Phoenix Gazette.
  • "Jimerson has a big voice that is unusually flexible."
    --Anchorage Daily News.
  • "Jimerson has firmly established himself as one of the most consistently satisfying baritones in the Northwest."
    --Oregon Journal.
  • "But the most vivid, powerful, intelligible voice in the cast belonged to baritone David Jimerson. Jimerson's vocal presence was riveting. Amazing."
    --Tucson Citizen.

Several of David Jimerson's students enjoy active performing careers in opera and musical comedy around the world.

In addition, Professor Jimerson is in great demand as an adjudicator in solo and choral competitions ranging from high school level through the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artists Awards. He has served as clinician and guest conductor in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

David Jimerson is the Minister of Music at Valley Community Presbyterian Church.