Meet Michael Alcorn: A tenor with a passion for performance

By Gina Gareri-Watkins

Music performance senior Michael Alcorn is no stranger to competition. He has been a frequent finalist in the Georgia Music Teachers Association competition and the KSU Concerto Competition, and he regularly participates in the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s annual competition. Having won the 2009 KSU Concerto Competition with an aria from Igor Stravinsky’s, “The Rake’s Progress,” Michael said his true passion is performance.

A native Georgian, Michael graduated from nearby North Cobb High School in 2004. “I always liked singing, but I didn’t start singing until junior year in high school,” said Michael, who joined the school chorus after a brief stint with an after-school gospel group. In his last semester at North Cobb, a KSU student teacher inspired him to choose Kennesaw.

Once he arrived at KSU, Michael came out of his shell and discovered an early passion for performing and acting. “I was very shy, but Kennesaw has helped me be a more confident person. When I started, I thought, ‘Okay, I want to be a choir director,’ but once I started studying voice I decided I liked the singing and performing better and decided on that. Kennesaw helped me figure out who I was, and what I wanted to do.”

Michael’s performance resume includes numerous KSU recitals, every opera gala since 2005, the 2007 opera production of “The Elixir of Love,” and the role of Jack Point in the 2008 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta “The Yeomen of the Guard.” Recalling the experience, Michael remembered why the role appealed to him. “It was my first lead role in a production. It was such a fun character—he was the jester—he was fun and clever, but he was in love with a woman who didn’t love him, so you had to show the contradiction.” This spring will see Michael singing the tenor role of Fenton in KSU’s production of Otto Nicolai's "The Merry Wives of Windsor." Michael’s off-campus appearances have included singing in the chorus for the Atlanta Lyric Theatre productions of “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Evita,” as well as the role of Lamar in their 2007 restaging of “Godspell.”

Michael also performs with the KSU Chamber Singers, the premiere choral ensemble under the direction of Leslie Blackwell. At KSU, Michael also has sung in master classes with opera vocalists Nina Hinson, Sylvia McNair and Jennifer Larmore.

Michael plans to pursue graduate study in voice performance after graduating from KSU. There’s a small, wistful note in Michael’s voice when he discusses his experience at Kennesaw and his upcoming graduation. “It’s a more individual, family-type place here. It’s a very positive experience,” stated Michael. “The faculty really wants to help you.”



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