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Choir Director: Merit Music in Communities; Faculty: Voice
Douglas Orofino is currently a graduate student at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, where he studies classical voice performance with renowned countertenor Mark Crayton. This past season he was an assistant director and chorus master for On Call: COVID-19, by librettist Christine Steeper and composer David Shenton, during CCPA’s OperaFest XV. Most recently he was seen onstage as a featured chorus member and assistant director for Jonathan Dove’s Tobias and the Angel. Outside of his graduate studies, Douglas works as the production manager for Chicago Summer Opera and holds several positions with the Merit School of Music where he is a conductor and private voice teacher.
Before beginning his graduate studies at CCPA, Douglas worked domestically and internationally as a music teacher and choir director. From 2014-2022 Douglas was the Director of Choirs at Prairie High School and Chief Umtuch Middle School in Brush Prairie, Washington. He holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Portland where he graduated magna cum laude.