Tenor Brian Harris recently returned to Colorado after spending 3 years studying and performing in New York City. A native of Woodland Park, in 2006 he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Colorado College. In 2010, Mr. Harris received his Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied vocal performance with Maitland Peters, Ken Merrill, and Mignon Dunn. Past operatic roles include the title role in Bernstein’s Candide, Gerald in Lakme, Bill in A Hand of Bridge, the title role in the Tales of Hoffman, Ping in Turandot, and Don Jose in Carmen. As a concert singer, Mr. Harris has been hailed as a lyric tenor whose "voice and presence meshed perfectly with the composer’s heartfelt intentions … his performance captured the essence of the art form." In 2012, Mr. Harris helped found the Gatsby Theatre Company, and currently serves as their President and Artistic Director. The company recently began the Gatsby Art Song Festival, a 4-day celebration of songs written by classical composers. Gatsby plans to make this an annual event to serve the Pikes Peak region, with the next slated for the fall of 2013.