Kyle DeGraff is an undergraduate student pursuing his Bachelor of Music in vocal performance at the University of Arizona. Debuting with the UA Opera Theater as Koko in The Mikado he went on to sing Beast in Gianini’s Beauty and the Beast and Chevalier de la Force in The Dialogue of the Carmelites. He has been the featured tenor soloist in Stravinski’s ballet, Les Noces, performed by the University’s Arizona Choir in collaboration with the School of Dance. As part of the UA Scenes program he has performed Scratch in The Devil vs. Daniel Webster and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette. Notable awards include first place in the 2017 Amelia Rieman Voice Competition for the advanced age group, first place in the 2016 Quest for the Best undergraduate division, and first place the 2016 Dr. Larry Day Memorial Voice Competition. In the spring of 2017, he sang for the President's concert with the Arizona Symphony Orchestra as the Voice Area winner of the Concerto Competition. Mr. DeGraff has been a tenor soloist for a variety of churches in the Tucson area and held a staff tenor position at Saint Phillips in the Hills Episcopal Church. He currently studies with Dr. Andrew Stuckey at the University of Arizona, where he is also the treasurer of the University of Arizona Singers Club, where he is the treasurer of the University of Arizona Singers Club.
Mr. DeGraff holds an Associate of Science degree in Law Enforcement having completed the Academy in Minnesota, and has toured internationally with the performance group Up with People. Originally from Tucson, Mr. DeGraff grew up in Minnesota in the Twin Cities. In high school, he was an apprentice for the Minnesota Opera Company where he received specialized training, performed alongside the other apprentices and resident artists, and performed in the main stage production of Orazi e Curiazi. During his apprenticeship and studying under the direction Dale Kruse, Mr. DeGraff took first place in his division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and was awarded a position in the USA National Honor Choir to compliment his two years of All State Choir.
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