ACF, baritone singer in Choral Chameleon and its board’s Singer Representative, sat down with himself for this in-depth and candid interview of musical bliss.
Andrew Cook-Feltz was born and raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa in a musical family: his mother a piano teacher, his father a counselor and skilled musician, and his brother a gifted child composer/pianist/musician. Andrew (ACF) attributes his near-perfect pitch to his mother’s piano students practicing scales while he was in the womb. In fact, while pregnant with him, Andrew’s mother’s water broke during a piano lesson.
After high school, he moved to Iowa City and studied vocal music performance, earning a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa in 2005. He went on to pursue a Masters degree from Bowling Green State University, where he had a full scholarship and a teaching assistantship. Andrew received a Master of Music degree from BGSU in 2007. It was at BGSU where he met Justin Randolph (baritone singer with Chameleon). Andrew was actually Justin’s understudy for the role of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and sang in the same voice studio as Justin.
Opera performance credits include Marquis de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Aeneas in Dido And Aeneas, Sweeney Todd from Sweeney Todd in an Opera Scenes Gala, The Page in Amahl And The Night Visitors, understudy to Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Marcello from La Boheme in an Opera Scenes Gala, as well as other operatic stage roles in Die Zauberflöte, The Pirates Of Penzance, La Cenerentola, Carmen, and Die Fledermaus. Choral solos include Empire City Men’s Chorus at the premiere of David Del Tredeci’s Queer Hosannas, University of Iowa Choruses’ Elijah with the UI Symphony Orchestra, and solos at Park Avenue Christian Church and the Temple of Universal Judaism in New York. Andrew received a full vocal scholarship to Bowling Green State University, and was recipient of the Charles Lindsley Vocal Scholarship at the University of Iowa.
On October 18, 2009, Andrew kicked off Park Avenue Christian Church’s new music series Arts at the Park in a duet recital with soprano Audrey Snyder.
At his first ever audition, Mr. Cook-Feltz was cast in his high school’s production of Grease as Danny Zuko. The ego has stuck.
What do you like about singing with Choral Chameleon?
I always have a blast at rehearsal. The music we sing is so powerful and gorgeous, & the people are hilarious, talented geniuses… so it’s hard not to have a great time. I am always excited to go to rehearsal, and uplifted on my way home.
Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?
“Often out of periods of losing come the greatest strivings toward a new winning streak.” -Fred Rogers
Tell us about a favorite song Choral Chameleon has performed:
“Sempiterna” by composer-in-residence Jeffrey Parola. We’re singing this at our Nov. 1st concert. Something about this piece speaks to me in a direct and captivating way. I find it brutally honest, beautiful, and intense.
Someone invited your friends to a Choral Chameleon concert and they all said, “I’m not sure if I can make it.” Can you change their maybe to a yes?
As a frequent “mayber” in the world when it comes to RSVPing for shows, I must say that Choral Chameleon is a must-see! (And a must-hear!) We are breaking down the paradigm of choral music and making it a more accessible, fresh, enjoyable experience. We are to choral music what Pixar is to animated motion pictures.
ACF maintains this blog, and created his bio for it, too. Photographers never get to be in the picture… but ACF likes the spotlight.