By Nila McGinnis
Austin Stephens had a “Glee” moment his freshmen year of high school, in which a fellow student heard him singing in the football locker room. Like the Fox television series in which the star character was discovered to have singing talent in the locker room, Stephens says that his friend Henry Vogelman was the one who heard him singing and encouraged him to join choir.
A little unsure at first, Stephens joined choir his freshman year and loved it so much that he auditioned and joined the show choir his sophomore year. Currently, Stephens is a member of the Express Show Choir, Chamber choir, and Concert choir at TBHS.
“Being patient with people who don’t understand a love of music is one of the most difficult things about being a former athlete and in choir. I have to fight certain stigmas about men in show choir, but it’s ultimately rewarding to see the smiles on people’s faces when we perform,” Stephens commented.
Coming right off of TBHS’ large spring performance, Spring Sing, which Stephens says went “very well,” Stephens has to balance a very busy schedule, being a member of several choirs at school.
Stephens says that although he is sad to be leaving TBHS when he graduates this May, he is excited to pursue a career in music.
“ I think that the world would be a better place if more people were involved or listened to music,” he said. “I’d like to go to UMSL and pursue a degree in musical education and composition and inspire the next generation to sing and explore music.”
Stephens credits his love of music to his friends, family, coaches, and musical directors, and that he is excited to move forward in his education and career.
“It’s a better world singing, and I have a voice that wants to be heard,” Stephens concluded.