Steven O’Donnell and his tenor voice are thrilled to be part of CES for their second season. In addition to performing with CES, Steven sings tenor in the Scottsdale Community Choir, plays percussion in the Scottsdale Concert Band, and has performed with the Arizona Masterworks Chorale and the Scottsdale Philharmonic. Steven’s vast musical influences span multiple genres, from traditional folk music to modern compositions of today.
He studied voice in the Phoenix area with Ruth Dubinbaum and Baruch Koritan. Steven graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Theory and Composition. But he’s not only a versatile and educated musician: He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and is a Scottsdale Leadership alumnus.
Thomas (“Tom”) Collins
Tom Collins majored in music and vocal music, and minored in English, at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville (across the Mississippi River from St. Louis). His first professional singing job was with the Saint Louis Bach Society, performing the "Mass in B minor." He also sang for a number of churches and temples. When he was 27, he auditioned for the chorus of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Interestingly, that led to a call from New York, which led him to a 10-week apprenticeship in Santa Fe. There he sang in the chorus, but also received coaching in singing and acting, and sang in "La Traviata" and "The Marriage of Figraro." Later, he was with the Minnesota Opera Company in St. Paul, and sang "La Boheme" in Duluth.
In the Phoenix area, in 1983, he got involved with community theater, and loved it. In 1988, he had pleasure of working with Stephen Sondheim on the revision of “Merrily We Roll Along.” He played the role of Rev. Crisparkle in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” and Anthony the Sailor in “Sweeney Todd.” He is now in his first season with Carolyn Eynon Singers.