March 12, 2012
By Savannah King
The annual music department financial aid contest pits any and all interested aspiring music majors with a concentration in vocal performance in a competition for scholarship aid, and the most coveted prize of all: the title Singer of the Year.
This year, this high honor in the Singer of the Year Competition was earned by Josh Ooms, a junior double major in both music and English literature.
Ooms first got interested in the field of music back in high school, where he participated in the All-State choir competition for two years and dabbled in drama productions.
At CSU, he has been part of five CSU productions, and plans to be involved in several more to come. Ooms says his favorite of these has been The Gondoliers, a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta involving a wacky plotline and even zanier characters.
Ooms focuses mainly on the operatic convention, calling his technique the “park and bark,” where he puts all his attention and energy into the best singing he can produce.
Ooms says of his major that it’s a great fit for him, and his passion for it is clear when he talks about the devotion that goes into it. “Our major takes all your focus,” Ooms said. “Everyone in the department works really hard – that’s just the expectation.”
Ooms has only one more year to participate in both the scholarship competition and future CSU productions until he graduates, at which point he is planning to attend graduate school for either music or law.
When asked what he would eventually like to do with his training in the operatic tradition, Ooms had only one goal in mind: “To perform. Sing opera all over the world, get to travel, make beautiful music all the time. It’s great stuff.”