Dec. 8, 2008
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine:
Music graduate excels in San Francisco, appears in commercial
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. �- Mike Desnoyers, a 2008 Slippery Rock University music graduate, is making a name for himself in graduate school and as a vocal performer in San Francisco. Desnoyers currently appears in a Sprint holiday Internet commercial and is singing tenor solos at the San Francisco Conservatory and with professional companies.
The Conservatory, one of the top vocal performance conservatories in the country, gave Desnoyers a partial scholarship equaling half the tuition. He turned down offers from the New England Conservatory and Indiana University to attend the California school.
The Internet ad will be seen worldwide through December, said Colleen Gray, associate professor of music. It can be viewed at http://holiday.sprint.com/special/choir/. Desnoyers is at far right in the second row of singers.
At the Conservatory, Desnoyers is singing the tenor solos for "The Messiah" through December. In the fall, he appeared in the "Magic Flute" as the first armored man character. He was also cast as Pluto in "Orpheus in the Underworld."
Professionally, he sings with the small opera company in San Francisco called Goat Hall Opera. He is appearing in "Quantum Mechanic and "Antigone."
Desnoyers received bachelor's degrees in music performance and music education from SRU.
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