Justin T. Swain, baritone, holds both the Master of Music in Vocal Performance and the Master of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy from The Ohio State University where he studied in the studios of both Dr. Scott McCoy and Dr. Robin Rice.
A Columbus native, Justin has been featured in the Columbus Italian Festival, in concert with Harmony Project Columbus, the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Denison University Wind Ensemble, with Opera Project Columbus, and has performed numerous times with Opera Columbus as a chorister, and on the main stage, as well as its Opera On The Edge production of La Bohème in which he performed the role of Marcello.
On the stage, Justin has performed the roles of Maximilian and Ship Captain in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide with the Ohio State University Opera Lyric Theatre, debuted the role of Aedeta in the first public performance of Cadman’s historic opera, Ramala: Land of Misty Water, and also the role of Maestro Spinelloccio with Opera Project Columbus. Additionally, he has performed two roles with Opera Columbus’ Education Outreach Program (Papageno & Mr. BigBad) and performed the role of Baron Duophol in Verdi’s La Traviata, in which he was noted by Columbus Underground magazine to be “a promising young talent.” Justin also served as a Teaching Artist for Opera Columbus directing and leading a youth choir on behalf of the organization (2018-2020).
In addition to his credits on stage, Justin is the Owner & Community Manager of Musicologie Lewis Center where in addition to teaching voice and piano, he mentors and provides opportunities for music educators to share their passion for music.