Westminster Voice Blog - A Student's Perspective

Meet Gerard Michael D’Emilio, the 2013 - 2014 Westminster Voice Blogger

Name: Gerard Michael D’Emilio
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Major: Voice Performance (M.M.)
Teacher: Laura Brooks Rice
Voice part: Bass-baritone
Class Year: 2014

Professional plans after graduation: I hope to become part of a young artist training program at an opera company in America, and from there see where my voice and my professional ambitions take me.

Composers I admire: Wagner, Schubert, Brahms, Handel, Verdi, Puccini, Cole Porter

Why Westminster:
Briefly: Laura Brooks Rice. To extrapolate a little: I did my undergraduate work at Oberlin College, where I majored in Voice and Politics (I have a B.A. and a B.M.). I’ve always been a very academically driven individual, and it was Westminster’s rigor, along with its stellar faculty, that really drew me in ways other schools did not.

Life outside of class:
There IS such a thing? Well, right now, I’m starting to plan my wedding with my fiancée, Kelsey Stark (soprano, class of 2013). When I’m not doing that, I’m either watching sports or out playing golf and/or tennis. I’m also a big reader.

What's on my iPod:
Winterreise (the Quasthoff recording right now, but it cycles—no pun intended!). After that it alternates between Frank Sinatra and Sam Ramey.


Favorite apps:
I mean, I play my fair share of Angry Birds. But really, I’m boring, so I pretty much just go on my Bleacher Report app and read about the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Favorite food:
Sushi. I pretty much eat it at least once a day. It’s an issue.

Last book read:
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, by Reza Aslan. HIGHLY recommended.

If you were trapped on a desert island, who/what would you like to have with you?  
My fiancée, first. After that, probably as many books and binders of music as I could carry. And my tennis racquet—you never know!