Josh Olive, Tenor

I use my degree in English every day to write proposals for Space and Defense contractors. I’ve owned a comic book and gaming store since 2001, and I also love theatre, both acting and directing. I love waterfalls and nature photography. I also look forward to football season, and everyone who knows me knows I bleed crimson and white.

So where does choral music fit into this? As a six-year old, riding in the car with my dad on the way to school, I made a discovery as dad was singing with the radio.  I remember asking what he was singing, because it wasn’t the same thing as the person on the radio, but it sounded right.  And that’s when dad explained harmony to me.

Since then, I have sung in any choir I could. Some of my best friends and I formed a contemporary a cappella group called Halogen. Singing with all these many choirs has led to travel across Europe and the United States, performing in some of the most amazing venues on the planet, including cathedrals. We’ve also sung inside a glacier in Switzerland, on top of the Eiffel Tower, and in Carnegie Hall.  Choral singing is unlike any other activity; it is the perfect blend of voices and poetry. Nothing else speaks to the soul quite like it. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world!