Samuel Cook, Tenor, is a native of Port Arthur, Texas. He attended the John Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in music. He finished his educational studies at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana where he obtained his Master’s degree. Samuel is a winner of National and International Vocal Competitions. He is a Metropolitan Opera National winner, the First Prize winner of the prestigious Francisco Vinas International Voice competition in Barcelona, Spain. He has won the Placido Domingo Singer of the Year Award in Barcelona, Spain. Samuel continued his vocal training with the world famous tenor, Carlo Bergonzi in Italy. He has performed professionally all over Europe, South Africa, and the United States.
Recent performances include a solo recital at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville Arkansas, and an Evenings of Negro Spirituals performed at Abilene Christian University. Upcoming engagements include Solo recitals at the University of South Carolina. In 1999 after residing in Austria and Germany where he was engaged as soloist and enjoyed success in many leading Operatic roles, Mr. Cook and his wife Jean and son Joshua moved to Abilene. He, along with his wife, travel each summer on mission trips to South America or Africa, where he shares the Gospel in song. He is at present Artist in Residence and Associate Professor of Voice and Opera Director at Abilene Christian University.
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