"From the perspective of a student who is planning on a career in opera, the experience is essential. Nothing can replace it. A student needs to interact with professionals, hear professional singers, and work with professional directors. I, personally, needed to see what is expected of an opera singer. I needed to talk with them about their careers... I am 100% confident saying that going to MSU, studying with Dr. Ken Bowles, and participating in productions with Western Plains Opera gave me a career I never dreamed of or even knew existed."
- Chad Armstrong, operatic baritone