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Nyghél J. Byrd received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with extensive training in Music Education from Berea College in Berea, KY, and his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting with extensive training in Opera and Musical Theater Performance from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.
Byrd comes from a very musical family and has sung, played, and taught in various capacities. He has sung many roles in operas and musicals including Gustavo (Guglielmo) in ‘COVID [Cosi] fan tutte’, Tinman in ‘Oz: A Staged Concert,’ Father (Peter) in ‘Hansel and Gretel,’ Betto in ‘Gianni Schicci’, Father in the musical ‘Children of Eden’, and Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in the musical ‘Ragtime’. His music directing credits include: “Nightingale for Dubois” by Femi Osofisan with the SIU Africana Theater Lab, and “Once on this Island” by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens with the SIU F.I.E.R.C.E. program Byrd has also been the Chorus Master for several operas and choral concerts with the Southern Illinois Music Festival.