Voice faculty, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, New Jersey
I have been singing for more than five decades. I performed my very first opera role on the Clarke Chapel stage as a freshman in 1961 in the production of "The Beggar's Opera," where I sang the baritone lead. I sang that role in Clarke Chapel and became smitten with theatre. From then on, I was in every play that was put on at the College, performing on stage, building sets, designing lighting, etc.
I first arrived on campus as a pre-med major, planning to follow in my father's footsteps as a medical doctor. But that all changed when I began voice lessons with family friend Walter McIver, the College's choir director at the time, and joined the choir.
After Lycoming, I studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where one of my teachers thought I would have more success as a tenor. A few years later, I embarked on a career as a leading tenor in opera for 30 seasons in Europe. I had the opportunity to perform more than 1,500 times in opera houses in cities such as Paris, London, Barcelona, Helsinki and Munich, to name a few.
Looking back at the last 50 years, Lycoming opened my eyes to so many things. It enlarged my world. I took philosophy, religion, mathematics and history, which I loved, and English literature. The professors were so learned. It was an amazing education for me.