Posting Date: May 24, 2012

 


 

Meet Eric Lindsey: Future opera star

By Shira Zobrist

 

Eric Lindsey

Photo by Tracie L. Hinnant

The desire for more musical opportunities was part of what first brought Eric to Kennesaw State two years ago. He transferred to KSU as a junior after spending two years at a much smaller school. “It has been an exciting change to be a part of a bigger campus,” Eric says, “and musically there are a lot more opportunities here.”

 

Since coming to KSU Eric has been staying very busy. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, America’s oldest music fraternity, Opera Theatre, Chamber Singers and Men’s Chorus. He has also had leading roles in many opera productions and musical theatre plays. For Eric, being able to perform is what his music is all about. “The most exciting thing for me is performing and being able to take the audience away from reality, to some other world, even if it is only for an hour or two.”

 

During his time in the School of Music Eric says that Artist-in-Residence Jana Young has almost been like a parent to him and has helped him tremendously with his progression both as a singer and as a student. “She always puts things plainly and she relaxes me,” Eric says. “She always wants me to focus on what I can do to learn and grow, and she consistently pushes me to perform as much as a I can.”

 

Young has been equally impressed with both Eric’s talent and his dedication to his music. “Eric is trustworthy, committed and dependable, and he possesses a voice of true beauty,” Young explains. “It is rare to find someone who loves all aspects of singing and performing and rehearsing, some of which can be tedious. Eric is unique because he loves the process as well as the product.”

 

When Eric Lindsey graduates in May 2012, he has a very bright future ahead of him. The vocal performance major will be graduating from KSU’s School of Music and moving on to attend the University of Houston for a master’s degree in voice performance. “I am really looking forward to living in Houston,” Eric explains. “The university has its own opera house and I am excited about all the opportunities to perform.”

 

Eric’s advice to other students as his success continues: “There are going to be hardships, but if you are doing something you really want to do and if you work hard, then you will succeed.”

 

 

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