A native of Perry, Kans., baritone Michael Brown joined the Chicago Symphony Chorus in 2008. He obtained a bachelor of music from the University of Kansas and a master of music and a professional diploma from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

What work(s) are you are most looking forward to performing?

Looking ahead to the Verdi Requiem next season! There is nothing like performing this piece with the CSO under Maestro Muti.

Offstage, I like to:

I really enjoying woodworking and renovating my home.

Currently I’m reading/watching/listening to:

Reading Thomas the Train, watching “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and listening to “Life Is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts, all with my 2-year-old!

Do you play another instrument or perform in a non-classical vocal style or setting?

I play guitar. I really enjoy playing and singing folk and bluegrass music. I also sing a lot of musical theater and teach musical theater singing at Northwestern University.