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Countertenor Martin Near began his professional singing life at age ten in the choir of at Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue in New York City, advancing to Head Chorister. He now enjoys a varied career, exploring his twin passions for early music and new music. This past April Mr. Near sang in the Evangelist quartet of Arvo Pärt's Passio with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and together with soprano Margot Rood was noted for producing "an ear-boggling array of close-harmony sonorities...seemingly generating overtones and wave-interference patterns that not even dogs could hear." In November 2011 he was countertenor soloist in the premiere performance of Dominick DiOrio's Stabat mater with Juventas New Music Ensemble. In March 2011 Mr. Near took the role of Hamor in Handel's Jephtha with Boston Cecilia, and was noted for his "fine work" in Buxtehude's Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn with Boston Baroque. He also relishes ensemble work and sings regularly with Emmanuel Music, Boston Baroque, and the Handel & Haydn Society. Mr. Near served as a producer for Cut Circle's upcoming CD release, "De Orto and Josquin: Music in the Sistine Chapel around 1490," and as Music Director of Exsultemus from 2009 to 2012.