Mr. Mayo joined the SLCC staff last summer and stays busy coordinating all of our Tours and making sure all weekly rehearsals run smoothly. He earned a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance with an emphasis in Arts Administration from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice Performance from the University of Illinois. Mr. Mayo has been a bass section leader with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and the Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church choir. Read on to learn more…
- What brought you to SLCC? I have fond memories of my time in SLCC as a young person. My years in choir enabled me to meet life-long friends, build and hone great musical skills, and take advantage of unique high-level performing opportunities throughout my life. It is so satisfying to help provide this opportunity to others.
- What is your earliest musical memory OR How was music a part of your childhood? Some of my earliest memories were of my mother playing the piano non-stop at home. I would fall asleep to her practicing great keyboard music nearly every night! My own musical experiences began with taking piano lessons and then joining SLCC at the age of 9. I have been in a choir nearly every year since then!
- Is there a book or story that influenced your life or is your favorite? This is too difficult to narrow down. I do enjoy reading biographies of opera singers from the past.
- Which animated/Disney movie can you watch over and over again? So many great ones—perhaps Aladdin or The Mighty Ducks?
- Tell us about one of your hobbies outside of music. I have played chess and several competitive card games since I was a kid. I enjoy traveling to tournaments when I am able to do so.
- It’s time for breakfast… what is on your plate? I typically don’t eat much for breakfast, but I do tend to have coffee!
7. Where have you traveled? Was it with a choir or band tour? I toured Russia with my choir in college and later traveled to Venezuela for a Latin American New Music Festival in Caracas where I co-presented a masterclass and was a guest soloist. I traveled with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2013 and 2015.