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18-year-old opera singer holds athletic-style announcement to choose prestigious music school

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A member of Seton Catholic Central's state runner-up basketball team has announced which college he will attend, to sing opera.

Eighteen year-old Matthew Goodheart held an athletic-style college decision announcement with family and friends recently to choose between three prestigious musical schools.

Goodheart, whose parents are both professional opera singers and faculty members at Binghamton University, chose the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music over The Juilliard School and Mannes School of Music in New York.

Goodheart says he chose Cincinnati for the opportunity to work with teacher Ken Shaw and because it offers a more rounded college experience.

After seeing other athletes hold signing ceremonies, he decided the same opportunity should be available to artists. 

"I really think that the arts really deserve to get a piece in the news too.  So I wanted to put that on myself and hope that other people will follow in my footsteps," said Goodheart.

In this video, Goodheart chooses the Cincinnati cap to indicate his decision.

He even convinced his basketball teammates to join the Seton chorus and they went on to win a choral competition in Montreal this year.

Matthew's father, Thomas Goodheart, is an accomplished baritone and also serves as his voice teacher.    

Thomas credits BU's College Link Program with giving Matthew the opportunity to take some classes at the university, as well as sing with the school's undergraduate and graduate students.


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