Headshot of Cantus baritone David Geist

David Geist




HOMETOWN: Burnsville, MN

EDUCATION: M.M., Vocal Performance, University of Oklahoma; B.A., Vocal Performance, Luther College


Born in Burnsville, Minnesota, Baritone David Geist is thrilled to be in his 4th season with Cantus.

David received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Luther College and completed his MM in performance at the University of Oklahoma. David enjoys singing a variety of musical genres ranging from classical to musical theater to pop. At Luther, David portrayed the title role in Gianni Schicchi and the role of 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 performed with the Ohio Light Opera as a Young Artist, where he played Ralf in Kiss Me, Kate, the Maitre d’ in Have A Heart, and was an ensemble member 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.


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 Sara Bareilles! She has always been one of my favorite artists and is constantly proving that she is capable of anything – the music she wrote for the broadway musical Waitress is simply stunning. The way her melodic lines meld with text is brilliant and evocative, and the way she uses harmony is unlike any popular artists I’ve heard. It would be a dream come true!

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

I would love it if Cantus went to Spain. It is such a beautiful country with so much history.

4. 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).

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

Beyoncé, because it’s Beyoncé.

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

The future! I would love to see what technical advancements are made in the next couple hundred years.

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

Without a doubt Lemonade by Beyoncé.

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

The first seven seasons of Game of Thrones.

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

I want people to know that each of the artists play a large role in the overall success of Cantus even beyond the singing. Cantus doesn’t have one artistic director, so the singers share those responsibilities, as well as many administrative roles as well. 

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

Any day relaxing at my cabin is pretty great.