Casey R. Gray, Tenor, is a graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, earning a degree of Master of Music in Vocal Performance, where he studied with Mrs. Laurie Tramuta. In addition to his music studies at SUNY Fredonia, he was a member of the Fredonia State Opera Theatre and the Fredonia College Choir. During his studies, Casey appeared in the Hillman Opera productions: La Bohème as a chorus member and Les Contes d’Hoffmann playing the role of Pitichinaccio. Also, he has appeared in two opera scenes productions sponsored by the Student Opera Theatre Association of Fredonia: Les Contes d’Hoffmann playing the role of Spalanzani and Michael Torke’s opera, Strawberry Fields as Boy. In September 2011 Casey premiered in a Chamber Oratorio: Samaritan as the Evangelist/Victim, composed by Mr. Sean Doyle. Casey continues to be active as an accompanist, vocal coach and serves as the Organist at the Fredonia First United Methodist Church, Fredonia, N.Y.
A native of Wheeling, W.V., Casey earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music: Voice, cum laude from Bethany College where he was a voice student of Dr. David J. Rudari. He received a Circle of Vision Scholarship Award through the Bernard McDonough Foundation, and the George Hauptfuerhrer Award for excellence in Music. In the summer of 2008, as the recipient of the Benjamin Chandler Shaw Travel Award, Casey spent three weeks at the Schlern International Music Festival in Fie all Schilar, in the Tyrol region of Italy, where he appeared in a number of solo recitals and ensemble programs. He has appeared as the Tenor soloist in the Bethany College Choir performances of excerpts from Händel's Messiah; in Dubois' The Seven Last Words of Christ, and as the Defendant in Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury. In addition to his music studies at Bethany, Casey was, for four years, both the Organ Scholar/Assistant Organist and a Choral member at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Wheeling, W.V.; and a two-year scholarship recipient to the Royal School of Church Music, New York. He has accompanied numerous solo, choral, and musical theatre performances in the Upper Ohio Valley.