Soldiers’ Chorus Bass
THE UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND FROM WASHINGTON, DC
Master Sergeant Mark Huseth
Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Master Sergeant Mark Huseth pursued doctoral studies at the University of Kentucky, earned a Master of Music degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Benedictine College. Prior to his enlistment with The U.S. Army Field Band, MSG Huseth performed principal and supporting roles with many opera companies, including Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Utah Opera, Opera Omaha, and Shreveport Opera. He has also appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Kentucky Symphony, and the Utah Symphony. MSG Huseth has been a district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Counsel Auditions.
Sergeant First Class Samuel Chung
Originally from Seoul, Korea, Sergeant First Class Samuel Chung attended the University of Southern California and earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Shenandoah University. He is one of the designated national anthem singers for the Soldiers’ Chorus. He has performed with the Washington National Opera, Wolf Trap Opera Company, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Washington Korean Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Choral Society, and Front Royal Choral Society.
Staff Sergeant Ian Bowling
Staff Sergeant Ian Bowling, is originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He holds Master of Music degrees in Voice Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from The Boston Conservatory, as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a Performance Certificate from Shenandoah Conservatory. He has performed roles with Boston Opera Collaborative, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and an Oberlin Conservatory program in Arezzo, Italy. Opera roles include Don Inigo Gomez in “L’heure Espagnole,” Leporello in “Don Giovanni,” #8 in “Transformations,” Colline in “La Boheme,” Count Ceprano in “Rigoletto,” Don Magnifico in “La Cenerentola” and Tarquinius in “The Rape of Lucretia.” SSG Bowling joined the U.S. Army Field Band in 2014, and is a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.
Staff Sergeant Keenan McCarter
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Staff Sergeant Keenan McCarter received a Master of Music degree from Southern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alabama State University. He made his operatic debut with Southern Illinois Summer Music Festival in 2012 as the Duke of Verona in “Romeo and Juliet,” and has made solo appearances with Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Southern Great Lakes Symphony Orchestra, Southern Illinois Summer Music Festival, American Chamber Opera, Candid Concert Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago’s “Opera in the Neighborhoods.” Award highlights include the Southern Illinois Young Artist Organization Vocal Competition, Opera Idol of Chicago finalist, and The Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges 2013.
Staff Sergeant Will Tvrdik
Staff Sergeant Will Tvrdik is originally from Dixon, California. Having begun his performing arts career in acting with Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival and Napa Valley Repertoire, SSG Tvrdik chose to direct his focus towards vocal performance. He holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from California State University, Sacramento. SSG Tvrdik was a resident artist at Utah Opera performing roles in Madama Butterfly and The Rake’s Progress. He worked with Cincinnati Opera for multiple seasons with his last role as the Colonel in their workshop of the new work titled Meet John Doe. He performed with other companies including Philadelphia Opera, Sacramento Opera, Cincinnati Chamber Opera, and Queen City Chamber Opera. SSG Tvrdik joined The Army Field Band in 2017.