Meet our Presidential Scholar 

Jones College Prep baritone travels to Washington D.C., meets President Obama.

June 29, 2009

Opera singer and Jones College Prep High School senior Julian Cook has been named a Presidential Scholar for the arts. Seven students across the country received this prestigious honor this year.


Cook, a baritone, attended four days of activities at the Kennedy Center and the White House, from June 20 to 24.  He performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on June 23. In addition to the two pieces he sang there, he was also asked to sing the Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful to open the ceremony for the Presidential Scholars in the Arts Performance.


This spring Cook won a prestigious award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts contest for high school seniors. More than 6,000 students from across the country entered the contest. Cook received third place, Level 1, in his voice category.


He also has performed scenes from “Porgy & Bess” and “The Barber of Seville” in his school's annual Opera Scene recital, and he won second place at the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions at Northeastern Illinois University on Feb. 14.


Cook has been featured on WFMT radio's show, “Introductions,” which features Chicago’s young classical musicians. He is considering Eastman School of Music and Wheaton College, where he will continue to study opera. Cook also studied opera and classical art song for the last four years at Jones with his voice teacher Gaye Klopack.




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