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Whit Whitaker is a multi-talented singer and actor who lives and works in Lexington, KY where he attended the University of Kentucky to earn both his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and his Master of Arts in Arts Administration. Prior to solo and ensemble singing and studying voice at the university, Whit began his music education as violinist at the age eight. Graduating second in his high school class, he enrolled as an undergraduate at Kentucky State University where he had the privilege of studying with noted composer and conductor, Dr. Charles Lloyd, Jr., currently the Director of Voice and Choral Studies at Southern University at Baton Rouge, prior to transferring to the University of Kentucky. While at the University of Kentucky, Whit studied voice with Dr. Everett McCorvey, Director of Opera Studies and founder of the internationally known American Spiritual Ensemble; and Prof. Emeritus Phyllis Jenness, founding Director of Opera of Central Kentucky and founding Director of the world-traveled Lexington Singers.
As a performing artist, Whit has performed in England, Spain, France, Canada and the United States as a soloist and as a member of several choral ensembles, including: the American Spiritual Ensemble, the Kentucky Bach Choir, The Lexington Singers and The Brazeal Dennard Chorale. His performance opportunities have included Negro Spirituals, Anglican Church music, musical theatre, opera arias, and theatre plays. As a stage actor, Whit has performed on regional and local stages, garnering such roles as Sportin’ Life (Porgy & Bess), Chad Deity (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity), The King of Siam (The King and I), Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote (Don Quixote), Fred Graham/Pertruchio (Kiss Me Kate), Judas (Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell), Choreographer/Singer Dancer (Ain’t Misbehavin’), Tom Robinson (To Kill a Mockingbird), George Murchison (A Raisin in the Sun), Private C.J. Memphis (A Soldier’s Story), Godfrey Crump (Crumbs from the Table of Joy), Bardolfo (Falstaff), Mr. Kofner (The Consul) and Betto (Gianni Schicchi). He continues to perform as a contract performing artist and church soloist for concerts, recitals and as a member of the American Spiritual Ensemble, the Kentucky Bach Choir, and the Lexington Singers.
“Gospel Mass by Robert Ray, Kyrie Movement”, Performed by Whit Whitaker
“I Want Jesus To Walk With Me” performed by Whit Whitaker