Ray became a member of
"The Free Readers Ensemble"
their 1999-2000 season.
A classically trained singer, Ray has been performing in the Chicago-land
area for the past 10 years, including appearances with Lyric Opera
of Chicago Chorus, Dupage Opera Theatre and The
Opera Factory. He was also a member and soloist with Windy
City Performing Arts for four seasons. The tenor also enjoys
singing in several churches and synagogues in the area. He received
his Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University
of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, where he performed principal roles
with Illinois Opera Theater and Opera Theater of
Springfield. Ray has also performed with The Sarasota
Opera and Seattle Opera, and was an Artist in
Residence with The Portland Opera. “By day”,
Ray is a Resource/Policy Analyst at the University of Illinois
at Chicago and a certified Mac Technician.