Tenor Blair Allen is deep into his first season of singing Tenor I for The Carolyn Eynon Singers. He has a Bachelors Degree in Choral/General Music Education from Arizona State University, and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Utah. He loves to sing, and started singing in his church choir when he was 8 years old. There actually has been very little time in his life when he has not been in a choir of some sort.
He was a middle school choir teacher for 6 years, and a high school teacher for 5. He is now in his ninth year of being a K-8 general music teacher in the Creighton School District. One of the concerts he most treasures was the Verdi “Requiem,” which he performed in when he was in the Utah Symphony Chorus, while attending the University of Utah.
Eugene ("Gene") Brady
Eugene Brady earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Applied Voice, with Minors in Music History and Education, from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He was hired after college by a large Catholic parish in a Western suburb of Chicago, as its liturgical music minister. He also taught K-8 school in that parish, directing both children's and adult choirs. At the same time, he taught Women's Chorus at Barat College in Lake Forest, Illinois, another suburb of Chicago.
Gene was ultimately brought here to Phoenix to be the Music Minister for SS Simon and Jude Catholic Cathedral. And he also began teaching music at an elementary school in the Paradise Valley District. He finally retired after 38 years of teaching and, two years later, retired from ministry in the Catholic Church, having directed choirs for 40 years.
So now, because of his love and desire to continue his involvement in music, Gene is on the other side of the baton, and loving singing for such an outstanding musician as Carolyn Eynon.
Harold LeBoyer (1st Tenor) is pleased to be joining Carolyn Eynon singers. He started performing in plays when he was 17. and he has honestly lost track of how many he has done.
Previous musical roles include Wilbur in “Hairspray,” Van Buren in “Damn Yankees,” and Fezziwig in ”A Christmas Carol” — all for Hale Theatre in Gilbert. Other favorite roles include Judge Turpin in “Sweeney Todd,” Underling in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Charles Giteau in “Assassins,” Ben in “Follies,” Sid in “Desert Song,” Hysterium in “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum,” Evelyn in “Anything Goes,” Larry in “Company,” Mr. Maraczek in “She Loves Me,” Colonel Pickering in “My Fair Lady,” and Horace in “Hello Dolly.”
Harold moved to the Valley from the sunny confines of Chicago back in March of 2013. While in Chicago, Harold was president of two theatre groups — The Des Plaines Theatre Guild and Village Theatre of Palatine.
Ken Jackson’s first memory of singing is from when he was a child in the cherub choir in his church in Rochester, Indiana. He continued singing through high school. His most enjoyable singing experience was while he was living in Louisville, Kentucky. During that time, he sang with the Thoroughbred Chorus (the 5-time international Barbershop Harmony champion group), and was part of a southern gospel quartet called “Burger and Fries.” He currently sings tenor with the Carolyn Eynon Singers.
A favorite quotation of his is from Henry Ford: “The question, who ought to be boss? Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.”
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.