Joined the MMC: 2015
Hometown: North Little Rock, Arkansas
Education: BFA from Juilliard (first class of the Juilliard Drama Division). Sang with the Little Rock Second Baptist Church choirs for 13 years.
Guest appearances: TV: As the World Turns, General Hospital, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Law and Order, The Closer, George Washington—The Forging of a Nation.
Highlights of your musical career: Singing at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention with the St. Charles Borromeo Choir under the direction of Paul Salamunovich. Singing with the Los Angeles Master Chorale accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, in the all-male choir of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex.
A defining moment or favorite onstage experience: Appearing on stage at Lincoln Center with the New York City Ballet playing the Major Duomo (a non-dancing role) in Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare. The New York State Theatre is vast, more than 1,000 seats and no microphones. Mr. Robbins encouraged me to use large gestures and to speak very loudly and—in other words—to ham it up. So I did. He liked it. During the performance, the lovely dancers flew about the stage. The orchestra was thrilling. I didn’t miss any of my cues. In the wings, as I exited the stage, the star whom everyone had paid to see that night was preparing to enter. He nodded at me and mumbled a greeting. It was Mikhail Baryshnikov. What a cool gig. They paid me, too.
What are you listening to: All of the music for the spring concerts.
Your favorite thing about the MMC: The large number of fine readers.