American baritone Byron Mayes is a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara in pursuit of a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal performance under the guidance of Dr. Linda Di Fiore. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Columbus State University where he studied with Professor Earl Coleman. Here he performed the roles of Belcore in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, Bill Bobstay in Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore, and Melchior in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. Following graduation, Byron performed with the Houston Grand Opera chorus, participating in HGO's productions of Verdi's Otello, Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. As a member of the Opera Santa Barbara Chrisman Studio Artist program, Mr. Mayes has performed the roles of Crebillion in Puccini's La Rondine, Fiorello in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Sam in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, and Dr. Gregg in Douglas Moore's Gallantry. At UCSB, he has performed the roles of Petrus in Jeremy Gill's Letters from Quebec to Providence in the Rain, Figaro in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, and Philly in the American Premiere of Franz Lehar's The Mock Marriage. He was a 2020 Vocal Fellow at the Music Academy of the West and a recipient of the 2020 Jean Rogers Full Scholarship in Voice.