Cody Monta, Baritone - Bay View Music Festival

117% ($1,760)
June 01st, 2015
Raised $1,760 of $1,500

About The Artist

Cody Monta, Baritone

African-American singer and actor Cody Montá has performed a wide range of repertoire. He recently appeared as Mr. Gideon March in Northwestern University Opera Theatre’s recent production of Little Women. Other performing credits include the title role of Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Perückenmacher (Ariadne auf Naxos), the title role of Bob (The Old Maid and the Thief), the second armed man (The Magic Flute), L’horloge comtoise and L’arbre (L’enfant et Sortilèges), The Representative (Seymour Barab’s A Game of Chance), Général Boum (La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein), Guccio (Gianni Schicchi) and The Foreman (Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha).

On the concert and recital stage he has been featured in the Vocal Master Class Series with renowned Bass-baritone Eric Owens, as the bass...

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Hi, My name is Cody Monta' and I am currently studying at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, earning my masters degree in voice and opera. I will be graduating this June and I have great news for what's next.  This fall, I will be joining the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute as a fellow in their Professional Certificate Program

I have also been afforded the opportunity this summer (July 5 - August 16, 2015) to prepare and sing the role of Marcello in the opera La Boheme with Bay View Music Festival, a 6-week opera training program in Petoskey, MI. "Vocal study at the Bay View Music Festival is designed to provide singers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the study of vocal technique, operatic, art song, role preparation, stage presentation, acting technique and skills necessary to building a career in the arts (networking, resumes, taxes, grant writing, etc)."  

Compilation video from The Merion Opera Idol 2015 Competition with Baritone Sherrill Milnes

 I am blessed to have this opportunity as during my graduate studies I fell short of performing substantial roles that would have given me the necessary training and experience needed to make a successful career in opera

The Program Includes:

  • A principal role in the mainstage opera production.
  • One weekly voice lessons with world-renowned voice teachers.
  • Weekley coachings with conductor/repetiteur.
  • ​Thriving in the Arts seminars on real life skills for a career in music.
  • Performance Practice Class for Singers (Art song literature and performance).
  • Classes may include Acting & Feldenkrais, plus workshops in stage combat.
  • Weekly performance opportunities in recitals.
  • Outreach recitals in surrounding communities.
  • Audition workshops.
  • Jazz/cabaret concert opportunities.
  • Resume review, etc. to create the best package possible for auditions.
  • Participation in festival choir as section leader.
  • Students will be cast in ensemble for community musical theatre productions featuring other collegiate singers in the principle roles,

This is why I am asking for your generosity. The cost of this program is $3,150. Thankfully I have been awarded scholarship from the program, however, there is still a remaining balance, which includes tuition and room and board, of $1,300. This is asking a lot from a recent graduate who will be obligated, in the next several months, to pay back thousands upon thousands of dollars of loan debt. However, despite the circumstances I believe in my God-given talent and that these investments will further assist in my dream of becoming a professional singer. To help defray some of the expense, I am asking for your financial support in this endeavor, I am hoping to raise $1,500 (the extra $200 will assist in my travel to and from Chicago, IL to Petoskey, MI). 


Total tuition/room and board, practice room and registration fees: $ 3,150
Festival Choir Section Leader subsidy: (- $530)
Additional Scholarship: (- $650)
Minority Scholarship: (- $400)
Work-Study subsidy ($15/hr x 3 hrs x 6 weeks): - ($270)
Total remaining cost: $ 1,300
+ $200 (for travel)


The deadline to clear my balance is June 1, 2015.

After completion of this program, I hope to be self-sufficient both musically and dramatically, more knowledgeable about the field of opera and voice, well-prepared in the Italian language, and to have gained enough performing experience to be competitive in order to pursue a career in the world’s great opera houses. I look forward to deepening and challenging my artistry, broadening my musical perspective, and exploring areas of musical, personal, and professional growth. Thank you so much for you generosity and attention! Every donation helps, and is tax deductible! 

Not comfortable donating online?  We accept donations via check as well.  Please mail donations to BELTÀ, 1712 E. Riverside Dr., Suite 25, Austin, TX 78741.  Be sure to mark "Cody Monta" in the memo line so that your support can be routed towards this project.