Teenage Opera Sensation
Joey Baker began singing in youth choirs when he was eight, but it was in 9th grade that he discovered opera. Baker attends the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts at Suitland High School, a public high school in Forestville, MD, where he has emerged as rising star in the world of young opera singers.
This video profile of Baker was produced by the Washington Post and explores his singing life as well as the somewhat unusual circumstances of a white kid thriving in a predominantly African-American public school.
Baker’s been singing professionally at churches since 10th grade and has performed with his Suitland classmates for President Obama at the Christmas in Washington celebration, at the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and Harlem’s landmark Riverside Church.
Next fall, he will begin vocal performance studies at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School in Connecticut on a full scholarship.
In spite of his prestigious resume, the video shows longhaired Baker to be a normal high school senior, with a fairly casual attitude about his singing talent. “I say I’m an opera singer and people say, ‘You look like a head banger,’” Baker says jokingly.
CHANNEL: Washington Post
Video by Whitney Shefte