Cody

Voice | Draper, South Jordan, Salt Lake

Cody is beyond thrilled to join the team at The Piano Place. A native of Park City, Utah, Cody's enthusiasm for music and theatre was fostered from a young age. While growing up, Cody studied voice and acting under the tutelage of Debra and the late Dr. Fred Cook at the Utah Conservatory. Cody continued his studies at the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts where he studied Dance and Theatre. Upon graduation, Cody moved to New York City where he studied Musical Theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Lincoln Center. Cody is currently finishing his Music degree in Vocal Performance and Theatre minor at the University of Utah where he studies with the world renowned Mezzo-Soprano, Kirstin Chávez. As a singer, Cody spent two summers on a Young Artist contract at the Ohio Light Opera where he sang in light opera and musical theatre productions such as Michael in the North American premiere of George Gershwin's musical comedy "Primrose", Hubert in Romberg's "The Student Prince", Josef in Lehár's "Cloclo", Surinam Slave in Bernstein's "Candide", Phil McCabe and Gus understudy in Richard Rodger's "Babes in Arms", as well as a featured dancer and vocal quartet member in Golden Age classics such as The Music Man, The Pajama Game, Anything Goes, and Fifty-Million Frenchmen. In 2018, Cody sang in a special production of West Side Story at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming celebrating the centennial of the great American composer, Leonard Bernstein's birth. From 2015 to 2019 Cody was a rostered chorus member at Utah Opera and Utah Symphony. Cody has sung roles such as Maximilian in Bernstein's "Candide", Masetto in Mozart's "Don Giovanni", Marullo in Verdi's "Rigoletto", Melchior in Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors", Frank in Johann Strauss II' "Die Fledermaus", Somnus in Handel's "Semele", and Thierry in Poulenc's "Dialogues des Carmélites". In 2019, Cody embarked to Lucca, Italy where he studied Italian language and voice at Opera Lucca. Cody has been a first round finalist and scholarship recipient at the Classical Singer Competition in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio as well as a two year first place winner at the Con Brio Music Competition. As a lover of opera, operetta, musical theatre, and acting, Cody uses his passion and experience with these art forms to nurture the next generation of acting singers. Cody's enthusiasm for acting and singing is a key feature in every voice lesson. Cody believes in the power of singing and how it changes the lives of others. Cody believes that discipline, passion, and resilience are the key features needed in the lives of singers. Cody believes that a voice teacher should expand the potential of a student by raising them up, highlighting their strengths, developing the areas that need to be worked on, and reinforcing positivity so as to give his students the realistic confidence to achieve their dreams. To quote Cody's musical role model, the great Maria Callas, "Good teachers make the best of a pupil's means; great teachers foresee a pupil's ends."

“Music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
- Billy Joel
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