Khahari Cook is very excited to be joining Lakeside Singers for the first time this season! An emerging professional, he recently earned his undergraduate degree in Music Performance from North Central College where he was involved in Concert, Jazz, and Chamber Choirs along with Opera Workshops. He performed as a group soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with DuPage Symphony Orchestra, and performed roles such as Papageno in Mozart's Magic Flute Thomas Bouché in Kurt Weill's Down in the Valley and Don Alfonso in Cosí fan tutte.
In his free time, Khahari enjoys yoga, running long distance, and learning new languages!
Kyle Jensen has performed various solos around the Chicago area, including Northwestern’s production of Faurè’s Requiem, a featured soloist with Baroque Music Ensemble, and a soloist in North Shore Choral Society’s 2018-2019 season concert “Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday”. Among his various opera roles, he has performed Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Father Trulove and the cover for Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Coppelius and Dr. Miracle in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Colline in Puccini’s La bohème. This summer Jensen has debuted the title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in Novafeltria, Italy with La Musica Lirica. Jensen was a finalist in Idaho/Montana district for Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in 2016 and received an encouragement award in the previous year. Hailing from Bear River City, Utah, Jensen received his master’s degree from Northwestern University under W. Stephen Smith, and his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University-Idaho under tutelage of Kristine Ciesinski. He is grateful for his loving wife Sarah and his four-year-old daughter Lillian in supporting him in his career as a performer.