John Demler is Berkshire Lyric’s Resident Vocal Artist in recognition of his significant and ongoing contributions to Berkshire Lyric as a professional bass singer over the past decade. He has been a soloist with Berkshire Lyric in not only in a wide range of oratorio from Stravinsky to our recent Mozart Requiem at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, but in countless Christmas concerts and Kick the Winter Blues popular concerts. John relocated to the Berkshires from Philadelphia, where he enjoyed a number of seasons with the Philadelphia Opera Company and the Philadelphia Singers. He has performed operatic roles from Italy to Alaska. Always a busy soloist in the wider Berkshire region, he has sung dozens of oratorio performances. John lives in Pittsfield with his wife and two daughters. He teaches Spanish and French at Nessacus Middle School in Dalton, and directs the school chorus.