(resigned July 2007)
Carl J. Halperin was born in Chicago but has lived for many years in central North Carolina. He attended the N.C. School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, receiving his B.M. in voice in 1982. Long writing stints at Spectator Magazine locally (where he received his first literary experience) and for Opera News in New York led to work in public radio, as a local NPR affiliate station anchor (also submitting stories directly to the network proper) and time spent writing for Raleigh's News and Observer and for Durham's Herald-Sun. Halperin has performed leading baritone roles in operas by Mozart, Pasatieri, and others, and participated in opera productions at Raleigh's Meredith College, in one of which his role was written for him. He has interviewed leading celebrity singers from opera's Golden Age (c.1950-75) for a prospective volume and is hoping to do other work with smaller to moderate-sized publishing houses in the Southeast.