Tenor, teacher, made his Carnegie Hall debut in '06.
Hometown: Morgan City.
Now resides in: Baltimore.
Degree: B.A., Music
How I got to Tech: I attended Tech Summer Band Camp and got hooked!!!
After graduating: Went to Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Then I studied in England for a couple of years at Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies. In 2006 I finished my DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) degree at University of Maryland.
Why I chose this career: It chose me. I couldn't help myself.
The most demanding role I've had onstage: This past fall I sang the title role in the world premier of an opera by Douglas Cuomo. It's called "Arjuna's Dilemma" and my role is sung in Sanskrit!!!
The reward for being a teacher of voice: Watching the spark of love and commitment to the arts turn into a fire.
Where I see myself five years from now: I would like to have a full professorship at a university which would also encourage my performing interests.
Some of my best memories of Tech: My lessons with Dr. Shuman Yang (now retired) and the musicals directed by David Wylie (also retired). I went on to attend some great schools, but those two were right up there with the best, especially when it came to encouraging artistry and discipline.
My advice to incoming college freshmen today: Diversify!!! Learn as much about as many things as you can. Be open-minded and relish a challenge!