On June 8th, 2012 I graduated from the University of Denver Lamont School of Music with a Master in Music for Voice Performance. It was a very proud moment for me – I even got to sing the national anthem and alma mater at my commencement ceremony. The excitement of being done with school forever (or at least for the foreseeable future) was gradually stifled by the fact my post-grad future was far from certain. I was left wondering “what’s next?”, and trying to find new performance opportunities. As I look back on everything that has happened in the past year two thoughts come to mind: I am incredibly blessed and I am eager for what is next.
I am blessed to have an amazing, beautiful, wife who supports me in pursuing music as a career. I am blessed to have two incredible children and a third one on the way. I am also blessed because this past year has been filled with more musical opportunities than I would have ever expected. Here is a recap.
I added 3 new roles with 3 different opera companies in Colorado. Trouble in Tahiti (Sam) with Operaverse, La Bohéme (Marcello) with Loveland Opera Theatre, and La Cenerentola (Dandini) with Boulder Opera. I also began performing with Central City Opera’s Education and Community Programs as an ensemble artist, and performed with Opera Colorado at an outreach event.
I had a couple of great experiences as a concert singer. I sang my first Messaiah with the Evergreen Chorale and the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra. I also learned and performed a Bach Cantata with 24 hours notice to help a choir whose soloist had an emergency, that was wild!
If you didn’t know, I studied classical piano for 13 years and began college as a piano major. After switching to voice during my undergraduate degree I continued playing – primarily accompanying my singing colleagues – and found that I had a knack for playing musical theater. Since then I have found work as a second keyboard player for shows and also playing auditions for companies such as the Arvada Center, Boulder Dinner Theatre, & Creede Repertory Theatre among others. My connections and experience in local music theater manifested in my first opportunities to music direct. I was music director for Godspell at the PACE, produced by the Aurora Fox; and Hairspray at Stapleton Founders Green, another Fox production. These have been challenging but incredibly rewarding.
Like I said, I never expected to have so many different and remarkable opportunities but I am grateful for each of them. When I consider everything from this past year I am hopeful that there will be more of the same, and more new and exciting things as well. I am eager to see what this next year holds and to jump in and get to work!