David Geist, baritone

Social Media and Recruitment Coordinator
Member since 2016

Hometown: Burnsville, MN
MM Vocal Performance, University of Oklahoma
BA Vocal Performance, Luther College

Born in Burnsville, Minnesota, Baritone David Geist is thrilled to be joining Cantus and returning to the Twin Cities.

David received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Luther College and recently completed his MM in performance at the University of Oklahoma. David enjoys singing a variety of musical genres including opera, operetta, choral, musical theater, and pop. At Luther, David portrayed the roles of Gianni Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi and Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld, and was the bass soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass. At the University of Oklahoma, David played the role of Dancairo in Carmen, and understudied the roles of Trevor Grayden in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Younger Brother in Ragtime. David has just returned from a summer as a Young Artist with the Ohio Light Opera, where he played Ralf in Kiss Me, Kate, the Maitre d’ in Have A Heart, and ensemble in Annie Get Your Gun and various other shows. In the summer of 2015, David was the 3rd place winner in the musical theater portion of the Classical Singer Competition, held in Chicago.

Outside of singing, David enjoys visiting his family’s cabin in northern Minnesota, binge watching his favorite Netflix shows, and spending copious amounts of time surfing YouTube. Other talents include figure skating and unicycling.

10 Questions for David:

1. When did you know you wanted to sing professionally?

After seeing one of my first Broadway shows, Next To Normal, on a choir trip to NYC I knew that I wanted to be a performer.

2. If you could commission any composer for Cantus (alive or deceased) who would it be and why?

Definitely Stephen Sondheim. He has an incredible way of melding complicated melodies and harmonies with text in a way that allows his audience to deeply feel and understand human emotions and experiences that cannot typically be expressed with words alone.

3. What country would you most like to visit as a member of Cantus and why?

I would love it if Cantus went to Spain, simply because it is a place I have always wanted to visit.

4. What do you want people to know about Cantus?

I want people to know that the singers play a much larger role in the overall success of Cantus besides the singing portion. Cantus doesn’t have one music director, so the singers share those responsibilities.

5. What is your favorite hobby outside of singing?

Honestly, watching Youtube videos of my favorite singers, and showing them to my friends (which they always appreciate).

6. If you could hang out with any celebrity (alive or deceased) who would it be and why? 

Beyoncé, because it’s Beyoncé.

7. If you had access to a time machine, when and where would you go?

The 1920’s because of the fashion.

8. What is the most played album in your iTunes library?

Without a doubt Lemonade by Beyoncé.

9. You’re stranded on an island – which three books or movies do you bring for entertainment?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy, extended versions. What more does one need?

10. Share with us one of your greatest days ever.

Any day relaxing at my cabin is pretty great.