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Miguel Angel Ortega Bañales

Miguel Angel Ortega Bañales

MIGUEL A. ORTEGA BAÑALES (Assistant Conductor), lyric tenor and pianist, is a first-year graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he has received an assistantship to earn a master’s degree in vocal performance and pedagogy. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in music performance from Berea College, during which he held a position as vocal TA and served as a piano collaborator for the Berea College Music Department. Ortega has been distinguished with the Metropolitan Opera National Council’s “Middle Tennessee District Winner” prize in 2020, the “Gina Scaggs Epifano Audience Favorite Award” in 2018’s National Association of Teachers of Singing vocal competition in Kentucky, as well as the “First Place Winner Classical Adult” prize in three consecutive editions of Kentucky's NATS vocal competition during 2017, 2018 and 2019.