2017-April 23 Opera Concert

Thomas Lewis O’Neill

Thomas ONeill is a junior from Patrick Henry High SchoolHe was the first-place winner at the 2015 and 2016 state National Association of Teachers of Singing competition and the 2015 NATS Atlantic Regional Competition, and he qualified as a semi-finalist for the National Round in July 2015. He has participated in vocal training programs at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Torggler summer vocal institute, the Atlanta Opera, and Brevard Music Center. 
This spring, in addition to several solo recitals and competitions,Thomas will appear as a guest soloist performing Jake Heggies Friendly Persuasions with the Paramount Chamber Players for a series of concerts. This summer, Thomas will be attending the Franco-American Vocal Academy program in Salzburg, Austria where he will play the roles of Monostatos in “Die Zauberflöte” and Bastien in “Bastien und Bastienne.” Thomas studies classical voice with Rachel Milligan Helton and John Fowler.

Wesley McCune

Wesley McCune is a classically trained pianist who retired from teaching in 2016.  He taught at John Adams Elementary School, a CETA (Changing Education through the Arts) partner school with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

He performs with singer Karin Paludan (Washington Performing Arts artist); Marissa Regni (principal 2nd violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra) and trumpeter Douglas Wilson.  As a soloist he performs recitals and concerti with chamber orchestras.

His students performed with members of the National Symphony Orchestra, at many national and international conferences, and at area universities.  He and his students performed with jazz greats Billy Taylor and Charlie Byrd at the opening concert of the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

A four-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, he studied and developed teaching strategies including a curriculum for children on the Autism spectrum using the music of J.S. Bach.

His awards include the Alex Award (the Alexandria Commission for the Arts); the Whole Village Award (the Virginia Education Association); the Excellence in Education Award (Alexandria Chamber of Commerce); the Anne Lipnick Inclusion for All Award (Alexandria City Public Schools); citations from the mayor and city council of Alexandria, Virginia; and The Agnes Meyer Award for Outstanding Teaching from The Washington Post.

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