Published on Thursday, January 23, 2014 14:50
- In a nutshell, what do you do?
- I perform opera, art song, musical theater, and sacred music.
- What are you working on right now?
- I just completed a six-week run in the ensemble of Les Miserables at Zach Scott Theater in Austin. My next project is a fundraising performance of Trial by Jury with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin, and after that I will join the chorus at Austin Lyric Opera for Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore. Simultaneously, I will be performing an outreach program for Austin Lyric Opera's Education Department at schools in the Austin ISD. I also perform regularly for church services, weddings and funerals.
- Why do you love what you do?
- I thrive on the adrenaline rush I get on stage—not to mention the fun wigs and costumes! I also enjoy hearing the audience react to the action, reinforcing the life that still exists in these works that are often hundreds of years old. Additionally, classical music often accompanies some of our most important moments (graduations, weddings, funerals) and I love that I am trusted with these important memories.
- How did Albion help you get there?
- I never would have become a singer if I did not attend Albion. Several professors in the Music Department saw something in me that I was not aware of as an 18-year-old first-year. The Music faculty offered me my first choral solo, first role in an opera, first time singing with orchestra, first competition win, and even a couple of professional gigs. They were the first people who told me that music was not just a crazy dream, but a legitimate professional goal.
- For me, Albion...
- ...is a place to discover who you are supposed to be.
- Bonus question: What did you think of Renée Fleming singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl?
- The Super Bowl is less than 50 years old. Opera is 400 years old! I honestly do not know why it took so long for classical music to get some representation. Perhaps her performance will inspire more interest in opera and help keep the art form alive and relevant. At the very least, the performance gave her a huge platform to show what the human voice is capable of after a lifetime of musical study.
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