Also a Musician ...
Isaac received a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro School of Music in 1985. Vocal studies at UNC-G include Mr. Norman Farrow, original member of New York’s prestigious Bach Aria group, and Dr. Ellen Markus. Isaac has an extensive performing background which includes opera, church and community choral ensembles, musical theatre, outdoor drama, and solo work.
After completing his freshman year at UNC-G, Isaac embarked upon his first professional engagement as a cast member and soloist in the 1981 and 1982 seasons of America’s oldest outdoor drama, “The Lost Colony” located on beautiful Roanoke Island along North Carolina’s Outer Banks and under the direction of the late, great Joe Layton. In addition to being a cast member, he participated in summer theatrical training workshops in the Colony’s, Professional Theatre Workshop group. Studies included vocal awareness, Arthur Joseph; choral conducting and literature, Dr. Rosalyn MacEnulty; acting, Colleen Dewhurst, Helen Hayes, Mildred Natwick, Kim Hunter, Linda Lavin, and James Coco; dance, Betsy Friday and John Walker; lighting, Nan Porcher; makeup artistry, Michele Bruno; acting/directing workshops, Joe Layton.
Performance experience continued in the direction of the musical theatre genre as a singer/actor/dancer in community and equity theatre houses. Roles included Tony, “West Side Story,” Curley “Oklahoma,” Billy Jester “Little Mary Sunshine,” and minor supporting roles as Junior Babcock “Mame,” and Lt. Lavergne “The Desert Song.” Isaac performed in theme park revues for Busch Gardens, The Old Country, Williamsburg, VA and Tampa Bay’s, The Dark Continent. Additional revue, industrial and production work include such notables as the Florida State Fair, Musicana Dinner Theatre, and in the cruise line industry aboard Carnival Cruise Lines, Regency Cruise Lines and SeaEscape. He has performed as a company member with the former Greater Miami Opera chorus (now Florida Grand Opera) during their 1990-1992 seasons, in local community and private engagements including the Delray Beach Chorale, and with several Temples throughout South Florida during High Holy Day celebrations.
Music now being his professional pastime, Isaac currently performs with several congregational church chancel choirs, and with the Master Chorale of South Florida.
In my personal and private moments of reflection I enjoy creating music. I will take simple harmonic lines, a choral setting, or a piano/ vocal arrangement and orchestrate selections that have some deeper, personal meaning to me. Currently working on a long-awaiting Christmas album of piano solos and orchestrations. I find it meditative being able to spend long sessions planning, scoring, recording, editing, trashing, and starting all over from scratch... the results are, indeed, a labor of love.
I continue to work on this project with hopes that in a not-too-distant Christmas soon, I may share this with you. And when I do, may you find a truer meaning of Christmas once again.