Thomas West is an 18 year old baritone from Lookout Mountain, Tn. but is currently living and studying classical voice at The Juilliard School in New York City, NY. Over the past two years, Mr. West has taken first prize in many regional and national vocal competitions including the Performing Arts League Vocal Competition in Chattanooga, the Knoxville Choral Society Young Classical Musicians Competition, the University of Kentucky Young Singers Competition, Georgia NATS, and the Music Teachers National Association National Competition. Mr. West was also featured on the NPR radio show “From the Top” both in 2012 and 2014, and was a 2014 National YoungArts Finalist and Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
Mr. West is also the founder of ReGenerate, an arts leadership program dedicated to advocating and fundraising for the arts in the public schools of Chattanooga. So far, the group has raised over $14,000 for arts education in his hometown. For more information, please go to thomaswestbaritone.com
Among judges' comments: "His production is free, flowing and beautiful. Mr. West sings with fine artistry and musicality.."
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