Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, I have maintained a passion for music since I was very young, starting piano lessons at age seven and joining my first choir at age eight. Throughout my education at St. Louis University High School, an all-boys Jesuit college preparatory school, I gained exceptional experience in drama, musical theater, conducting, and composition while keeping pace with the school's demanding academic programs. In my junior year, I turned my attention to classical voice study, taking lessons through the Artists-in-Training program at Opera Theater St. Louis. Since then, opera has been my passion. In 2014, I was chosen to be a National YoungArts Foundation finalist in classical voice and eventually won second place in their Miami, FL festival. Here at CCM, my first two years were devoted to studying with the now retiring Mary Henderson Stucky, and I now study with William McGraw. Additionally, I am a CCM Tour Guide, a member of CCM Tribunal student government, a choral scholar and pianist at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, a proud brother and former executive officer of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, and a member of the University of Cincinnati Honors Program.
Some highlights of my time at CCM include performing in two Baroque operas in my freshman year alone, a summer study abroad experience at an opera program in Florence, Italy, being a studio artist at SongFest in Los Angeles, traveling to a Chicago competition with CCM Chamber Choir, becoming a vocal coach for the UC Vocaholics A Capella group, winning second place in the UC talent show, winning third place in the CCM undergraduate vocal competition as a sophomore, singing the National Anthem for more than a dozen university ceremonies and sporting events, and performing my first operatic role as Albert Herring in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring.
In addition, I truly feel that since I began my studies at CCM, my potential career path has actually broadened rather than narrowed, and I would like to thank CCM for allowing its students to cultivate their passions both in and outside of their majors.
Photographs by Jackie Stevens.