Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Mr. McKinney graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is the winner of several distinguished awards including the Judge’s Choice award at the 2001 Metropolitan Opera’s district competition, and the South Carolina District winner of that competition. He has performed at such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center, The White House, The Semper Opera House in Dresden, Germany, The Hamburgische Staatsoper, The Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, Germany, Opera Kommische in Berlin, Germany, Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Sicily, and The Theatre Carre in Amsterdam. Netherlands. He has been invited to play with the prestigious Preservation Hall Jazz Band in the French quarter. He has also help to train younger children how to play New Orleans Jazz. On the stage, Mr. McKinney has performed with numerous opera companies in the US and in Europe. Some of his favorite roles are the title roles in Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro and Porgy and Bess, Colline in Puccini’s La Boheme, Olin Blitch in Carlisle Floyd’s Sussanah, and Banquo in Verdi’s Macbeth. As a concert soloist Mr. McKinney has been featured with the North Carolina Symphony, and has performed to critical acclaim in Europe, Mexico the U.S. and Australia. Recently, Jason has appeared as Porgy in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in his home town of Milwaukee WI, and in Carmina Burana with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra in Oregon. When not on stage, he sings as cantorial soloist for his synagogue in Spartanburg, SC, and as an artist in residence at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston Salem, NC.
Mr. Bagley, a native Baltimorean, has been involved with music since his father started teaching him piano at age 5. He also played the trumpet, clarinet and saxophone during his school years. He performed instrumentally and vocally with both the All-City Band and Chorus in Baltimore and the All-State Band and Chorus in Maryland. Chris has served many protestant denominations as a choir director, accompanist and soloist not only in Baltimore, MD but in Houston, TX, Wichita, KS, Chicago, IL, Richmond, VA, Oxford, NC and Winston-Salem, NC. He has acted in, directed, musically directed or accompanied over 50 productions throughout the country. Among his favorite onstage roles are Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy, Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? After spending years in the nonprofit executive management and fund development fields, Chris has most recently served as a full-time director of church music for 10 years and is now Director of Music at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Graham, NC. He keeps his hand in the nonprofit world with his company, FundAbility, as a fundraising, strategic planning and board development consultant to small nonprofits and is President of United in Music, Inc.