Opera dominated my musical life. I was in a number of productions at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, including: Don Pasquale,
After Hong Kong, I went to Indiana University's School of Music to study for a second bachelor's degree (this time in performance). I had chorus parts performed in La Boheme, Vanessa, Wozzeck, Rake's Progress, Love for Three Oranges, The Barber of Seville, The Elixir of Love, and Faust. I had roles in Susannah and Candide in addition to a speaking parts in The Sound of Music and West Side Story.
Of course, I have had a number of singing instructors along the way. My last professor was Carlos Montané. Previously, I studied with two other opera singers, Dr. Derek Anthony and Ryan Fletcher, each with whom I studied four years. My first singing lessons came from Cynthia Friley with who I studied at Culver Military Academy for one year.
I have received a great deal of praise for my acting ability over the years in roles ranging from a narrator to a Nazi to collage of small character parts. Positive comments on my voice are not unheard of either. Still, a hand full of complements don't make a career. I have pretty much hung up the opera hat and left it to my wife, who is a far more capable singer than I. At best (or worst depending on your perspective), I can be occassionally heard singing for special events.