Tony started his love of music at the age of 8 when his mother bought him a student guitar. He played and sang at church through grade school and high school. In high school he started playing trumpet and joined the school choir in his senior year. He has sung in the Bowling Green State University Men’s Chorus, The Indianapolis Men’s Chorus, The Millennium Master Chorale and many different barbershop choruses throughout the Midwest. In 2013 he became a part of the Central Florida Lyric Opera and began pursuing a solo career. He sings in the choir and cantors at St Timothy Catholic Church and has been a featured soloist at several local churches. In Rome, he sang with his church choir for Pope Benedict. He was a featured soloist in the World Premiere of Bill Doherty’s “Messa di Requim” in Bethlehem, Israel, as well as the US premiere in The Villages. He appears regularly with Maestro’s World-Famous Singing Servers as well as appearing at other restaurants, private parties and clubs. He has appeared in many local concerts and productions including, Honor Flight, Latin Fusion, Once Upon a Mouse, KC Production’s The Neil Diamond Experience and many others. He has appeared with Producer/Arranger Hector Garrido, Americas’ Got Talent finalist Fernando Varela and Broadway singers Grant Norman, Brian Minyard, and Melissa Minyard, as well as Metroplitan Opera singer Molly Filmore. He appeared in musicals as a Cronie in Lil Aber, Max Detweiler and Franz in The Sound of Music, Capt Brackett in South Pacific and The Judge in Trial by Jury. In operas as 1st Man in Armor in The Magic Flute, Imperial Guard in Turandot, Soldier in Barber of Seville and Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor. Last Fall Tony portrayed Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd. Most recently he portrayed the Courier in “1776 – The Musical” at Savannah Center.
Tony will be singing “Be Thou My Vision”, “In Christ Alone” and “Be Not Afraid”.
Worship music from Billie Thatcher will include “My Faith Has Found a Resting Place”, “Learning To Lean”, “Come, Share the Lord”, “Sweet, Sweet Spirit”, “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”, and “Happy Trails”.
Harriet Dawson will open and close the service on the Memorial Chimes. Kevin O’Connell will accompany on the piano and organ plus direct.