Congratulating the AIT Senior Class of 2020

Celebrating the Seniors of the Bayer Fund Artists-in-Training Program

Although we were not able to convene our annual Bayer Fund Artists-in-Training Spring Recital in person this year, we offer our enthusiastic applause to each and every member of the class of 2020! Read on for details of our students' next adventures, as well as their memories of the AIT experience. 

Lauren Cerbin
Fall plans: Attending the University of Illinois to pursue a major in Business

"When it comes to what AIT means to me, where can I even start?! AIT has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It is more than just a group: it is a family. As an AIT student, I am surrounded by like-minded individuals who share the same passion for music as me. I am so grateful for the amazing teachers, coaches, and coordinators, and leaving AIT will be very hard. The AIT family has turned me into the confident and poised young woman that I am today, and it will always have a special place in my heart."


Sarah Collins
Fall plans: Attending SIUE to pursue a major in Vocal Performance

"AIT has meant more to me than can be described in words. It helped me figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I met so many people that I would have never had the opportunity to meet before. I made amazing friends. AIT has truly changed my life."


DeModre Crawford
Fall plans: Attending Morehouse College to pursue a medical degree

"Artists-in-Training has expanded my culture when it comes to my singing life. AIT is somewhere that you can be comfortable with yourself and open new doors."

Delaney Holliday
Fall plans: Attending Depaul University in Chicago to pursue a major in Vocal Performance

"AIT has provided me with so many incredible experiences and ideas that have truly pointed me in such an exciting direction and have aided me so much in finding my passion for classical music and opera performance. This is such a unique program and I feel so honored to have been a part of it. I love every single person in this program so much and I can’t thank everyone enough for being so supportive!"


Caleb Kelahan
Fall plans: Attending Illinois Wesleyan University to pursue a BFA in Acting with a minor in Dance

"To me, AIT means having an amazing place to train and better yourself. Not only have I progressed a lot with my vocal ability, but I’ve also progressed a lot as a person, working alongside other hardworking and talented students as well. I would like to extend a huge thank you to my teachers, my family and friends, and anyone who has positively influenced me this year in AIT."

Michael Lee
Fall plans: Attending the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music to pursue a BFA in Musical Theater

"AIT has meant achieving excellence in vocal performance for my present and future success, and finding a new joy in opera performance. AIT has also given me the confidence in my abilities I needed to be able to sing for auditions for college acceptance and recital performances, learning from actual college professors as a high school student."

Karyn Lisker
Fall plans: Attending Emory University with an interest in health and music

"For me, AIT has been a life changing experience. The weekly lessons, events, and interactions with professional opera singers has been eye-opening and empowering for me as an artist and as a person."

Olivia Rhodes
Fall plans: Attending the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University to pursue a degree in Vocal Performance

"AIT has been a wonderful experience for me! It's brought me family, companionship and opportunity."