Xavier Joseph, baritone, is a graduate of Georgia State University, where he received a MM in Voice Performance. He was in the studio of mezzo-soprano, Kathryn Hartgrove. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from Oakwood University where he performed leading roles in The Old Maid and The Thief and Too Many Sopranos, scenes from Cosi fan tutte, and toured extensively with the world renowned Oakwood University Aeolians. In the summer of 2010 Xavier auditioned for and was accepted to the Manhattan Summer Voice Institute at Manhattan School of Music in New York City. While at the program he studied with Maitland Peters and performed in a scene of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. In the summer of 2011 Xavier participated in the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop and sang the role of Maestro Spinelloccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and sung a scene from Bizet’s Carmen. While at GSU Mr. Joseph sang the roles of King Melchior in Amahal & the Night Visitors and Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro. In the summer of 2012 Xavier returned to the Harrower Workshop and sang the role of the 2nd Priest in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. In October of 2012, Mr. Joseph was afforded the opportunity to perform in Beijing, China, where he participated in a musical exchange program at Renmin University. In the fall of 2012, Mr. Joseph performed the role of John Brooke in Adamo’s Little Women. Since graduating from GSU, Mr. Joseph has performed the roles of Peter in Hansel und Gretel with the Portland Opera Workshop, and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte with The Vancouver Coaching Experience. In 2014, Mr. Joseph made his Capitol City Opera Debut as Pritschitsch in Lehar’s Merry Widow. 2015 saw Mr. Joseph making his debut with New Fangled Opera in New Orleans, LA, where he sang Ethan in the new opera, New Orleans Haunts by young composer, Phillip Seaward. In April of 2016, Mr. Joseph made his debut with the Dallas Opera Chorus, under the baton of Mr. Alexander Rom, performing in Kern’s Show Boat. Mr. Joseph returned to the Dallas Opera Chorus for the 2016/2017 season, singing Heggie’s Moby Dick. While in Dallas, Xavier studied in the studio of Dale Dietert of Southern Methodist University for three years, and taught voice in Keller ISD. He also taught voice and piano at 4/4 School of Music, and Creative Soul Music School in Dallas and Fort Worth, TX, respectively. Xavier is currently studying with Kevin Short, Associate Professor of voice at UMD. Xavier is excited to join the staff Music and Arts in Alexandria, VA.