Asbury Students Learn From Met Opera Tenor
March 17, 2016
With roles at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Welsh National Opera and more, Gregory Turay’s performance resume shines with the biggest names in classical music. Now, as an instructor in Asbury University’s Music Department, the internationally recognized tenor is eager to help students develop their gifts.
“Asbury’s Music Department is blessed with very good faculty, and we can help take students to the next level, which opens them to another world,” Turay said. “The talent at Asbury is undeniable, and it’s an awesome facet that students here can use their gifts while expressing their faith and bringing glory to God.”
See below for a behind-the-scenes video of Asbury’s Opera Workshop, co-directed by Turay.
Turay knows what it’s like to explore calling in college. Originally from Wisconsin, he headed south to play baseball at the University of Kentucky, where he planned to major in business with a music minor. Before long, though, he realized that his true gifting was in music.
Similarly, Turay has enjoyed helping Asbury students discover their potential. In Asbury’s tight-knit Music Department, “everybody is friends with everybody,” and professors’ doors are always open — an atmosphere that makes close mentoring relationships possible. More importantly, it’s an atmosphere that welcomes and nurtures faith.
“I love the aspect of Asbury that allows us the opportunity to do things like Bible studies in class,” Turay said. “In Opera Workshop, we did Bible studies several times, in addition to praying before and after rehearsals. Being able to express your faith in class is an exciting thing, and it’s not common.”
As much as faculty members contribute to students’ success, students also bring their own gifts to the Music community at Asbury, and Turay has been impressed by students’ excellence in ways that go beyond musical talent.
“We had a costumer come in for Opera Workshop, and she was blown away by our students because they were so disciplined and attentive,” Turay said. “She was amazed by the humility, respectfulness and maturity of students at Asbury. It really separates them from students elsewhere, and we both recognized that.”
Looking ahead, he is excited to be part of a new era of growth in Asbury’s Music Department as it seeks out students who are committed both to excellence in vocal performance and to using their gifts for the glory of God.
“We have big visions,” Turay said. “We want Asbury to be a destination for vocal performance, and that’s going to mean recruiting students who have a drive to sing, and who have a passion for the Gospel, as well. It’s an exciting time to be in the Music Department at Asbury.”
To learn more Asbury’s Music Department, visit: asbury.edu/music