Tenor Clay Young is an emerging young artist to watch. A 2017 winner of the Georgia State Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Clay was also recognized with the distinction of Honorable Mention at the Southeast Regional Metropolitan National Council Auditions in 2018. His vocal repertoire encompasses opera, oratorio, art song, sacred song, and musical theater.
Clay’s recent professional performances include tenor soloist for the C.S. Lewis Foundation in Oxford and Cambridge, England, opera arias with Toccoa Symphony Orchestra, Middle Georgia Choral Society’s performances of Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah, and the Sons of Jubal Chorus. He makes his Savannah Philharmonic debut this season as tenor soloist for Messiah.
Since graduating from Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music with a master’s degree in choral conducting and a bachelor’s degree in music education, Clay has established a dual career as a singer and choral conductor. During his collegiate studies, Clay sang numerous lead roles in Mercer University Opera’s productions including Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, General Oronte in Handel’s Alcina, Frederic in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, Luiz in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, and Charles Smalling in the world premiere of the American opera Hugh Smalling by Christopher Schmitz. He is a three-time winner of the Georgia National Association of Teachers of Singing Auditions, once as an undergraduate and twice as a graduate student.
Clay is the Director of Music at First Baptist Church, Toccoa, Georgia, and a proud Georgia native.