Nov. 18, 2017
Over the summer Arnold Geis, an alumni of Biola University Conservatory of Music, was featured on Season 10 of the television series “America’s Got Talent” with his a capella group VOX. While the group didn’t make it very far in the competition, they are still singing together and have a very bright future ahead. Recently, I had the chance to speak with Arnold to learn more about VOX, his experience with “America’s Got Talent”, and about his own personal career.
According to Geis, VOX is an American crossover vocal quartet dedicated to high quality performance in a wide variety of venues. The group formed with the intention of auditioning for the television show, “America’s Got Talent.” Arnold met two of the members, Kevin and David, during his graduate studies at USC in 2012. The fourth member of the group, DeMar, was a friend of Kevin’s from undergrad. Arnold noted that the quartet didn’t actually meet together until the hour before auditioning. The group made it through the initial audition for the show and received a unanimous “Yes” from all three judges after their performance of “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s Opera, Turandot. However, they did not make it past the judges cut with their next performance.
When reflecting on the AGT experience, Arnold said that “The whole experience was amazing. It was a look into a whole new world of production. I got to meet all sorts of awesome and interesting people and I was able to learn so much from the experience. The most surreal thing we experienced was walking down Hollywood Blvd. being followed and filmed by a camera crew in front of the Dolby theater. It was so funny to watch people take out their phones and start taking pictures of us and the camera crew.” Despite the elimination, many fans of VOX continued to support the group and requests for performances and recordings flooded in. When asked about the future of VOX, Geis mentioned that the group is “currently under negotiations with managers for tour dates and venues and we have exciting things already in the works!” Additionally, the group has been putting together some recordings that will be released at a later date. Overall, it seems that the future is going to be very bright for the singing group.
In addition to being a member of VOX, Arnold has been a very active performer in Los Angeles. He is a part of the LA Opera Chorus and recently had his LA Opera soloist debut in Pagliacci, which was conducted by Placido Domingo at the start of this season. Geis is also performing with Long Beach Opera’s outreach program this season. Additionally, Arnold is a frequent soloist with the LA Master Chorale. In the Spring, he will be singing the lead tenor solo with them during a staged performance of Handel’s oratorio, "Alexander's Feast.” Arnold has also performed many roles with Pasadena Schubertiade, including the lead tenor roles in Benjamin Britten's opera “Turn of the Screw” and in Puccini's “Madama Butterfly.”
When asked about how his experiences as a student at Biola helped his professional career, Arnold said that “the performance experience that I received at Biola was so valuable for my now budding professional career. Half the battle of being a performer is being comfortable in front of audiences, and the only way to improve is to do it a lot. At Biola, I had so many opportunities to perform with a wide variety of groups from Opera to The King’s Men.”
We at the Biola Conservatory of Music are so proud of all of Arnold’s accomplishments, and cannot wait to see what future successes he has with his solo performances as well as those with VOX, LA Opera, and LA Master Chorale.
If you would like more information on Arnold, please visit his website http://www.arnoldlivingstongeis.com/. If you would like more information on Arnold’s Vocal group Vox, feel free to visit their website http://www.voxsings.com/ or to like them on facebook https://www.facebook.com/VOXsings/.
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