A native of Bremen, Ohio, Raymond has performed throughout the United States, Holland, Austria, and Italy. Raymond made his professional stage debut in 1995 with the Columbus Light Opera as Giuseppe in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers. His International debut was with the Opera Theatre of Lucca in Lucca Italy in 1998 in the title role of Giuseppe Gazzaniga’s opera, Don Giovanni. Since that time he has made a home in the operatic, oratorio, concert and art song repertoire, and is known for his beautiful lyric baritone voice and outstanding acting ability.
Raymond has appeared on stage in such roles as Figaro in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Marcello in Puccini’s La Bohème, the Man with a Shoe Sample Kit in Argento’s Postcard from Morroco, Silvio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, and Strephon in G & S’s Iolanthe to name a few.
In 2000 Raymond was accepted into the Sarasota Opera Studio Artist Program where he sang the role of Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and covered the role of Zurga in Les Pecheurs de Perles. That same year, Raymond was also accepted into the Lake George Opera estival Apprentice Program where he had the opportunity to work with Maestro Daniel Beckwith, stage director Mark Verzatt, and Metropolitan Opera coach Craig Ruttenburg, and perform the role of Prince Yamadori in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
His solo, concert, and recital work has taken him across the country to Alabama, Florida, Texas, Georgia, South Dakota, Missouri, Ohio, Hawaii, as well as The Netherlands where he performed for the 40th Anniversary of N.A.T.O. in Brunssum, Holland. His lecture recital, entitled, The Evolution of Everyman, is his own multi-media semi-staged production of Frank Martin’s composition, Sechs Monologue aus Jedermann, where he presents his own English translation of the text from Hugo von Homannstahl’s play, Jedermann.
He has also performed the baritone solos for the Brahm’ Ein deutsches Requiem at UMKC under the direction of world-renowned conductor, Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt.
From 2001 to 2005 Raymond served as Assistant Professor of Voice at Ohio University where he taught applied voice, Opera Workshop, and directed the 80 voice male ensemble, The Singing Men of Ohio. The ensemble toured throughout the United States and was invited to perform for the 2002 MTNA National Conference Opening Session in Cincinnati, Ohio and the 2004 Ohio Music Education Association Professional Conference in Columbus Ohio.
In 2002 Raymond served on faculty at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria where he was a stage director for the AIMS Festival. In 2003 Dr. Feener was selected as one of the twelve interns for the prestigious NATS Internship in Fredonia, New York, where he had the opportunity to work with several Master Teachers including Jerrold Pope and Judith Nicosia. Since 2005 Dr. Feener has served on the voice faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of
Music where he is an Associate Professor of Voice. Raymond has also served on the voice faculty of the Bay View Summer Music Festival in Bay View Michigan where he taught voice and was the faculty baritone soloist.
Raymond received his Bachelors degree in Choral Education and Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the Ohio University School of Music and earned his doctoral degree from the Florida State University School of Music in Vocal Performance/Opera Emphasis. While attending FSU, he was awarded the Gallagher Memorial Award for outstanding performance and academic achievement.
He has had the opportunity to work with such renowned vocal coaches as, Lorenzo Malfatti, Douglas Fisher, Timothy Hoeckman, and Natalia Rivera, as well as perform in Master Classes with world-class operatic performers such as Stanford Olsen, Phyllis Curtin, and Marilyn Horne. Dr. Feener has had several students place at the local and state level for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competitions as well as at the District and Regional levels for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. Several of his students have been excepted into summer apprentice programs which include the Saratoga Summer Music Festival, SongFest, Houston Grand Opera Vocal Academy, Des Moines Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera Apprentice Program. He is also serving as Director of the Summer Conservatory for Singers program at UMKC, which is a week-long summer program dedicated to the education of high school students in the art of solo singing. Dr. Feener also serves as the Music Minister at the Hickman Mills Community Christian Church in Kansas City where he conducts the Chancel Choir, the Hickman Mills Handbell Choir, and performs as a soloist on a weekly basis. He has recently been seen performing the roles of Marcello in La Boheme and Escamillo in Carmen with the Springfield Regional Opera as well as a soloist with the professional choral ensemble, Musica Sacrae.