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Davidson College Music Department: Alumni in the Spotlight

by | Aug 11, 2023

Patrick Scully, Bass (Davidson Class of ’12) was the soloist in the performance of “Flame and Fury” at the Duke Family Performance Hall. (Jane Campbell photo)

Our next alumnus in the spotlight is Patrick Scully ‘12. Patrick is a Chinese-American bass opera singer and a former student of Jacquelyn Culpepper’s voice studio. A winner of St. Petersburg Opera’s “Opera Idol” Competition, New York native Patrick Scully has been hailed for his “burnished, expressive bass” and has performed at numerous houses across the country including Piedmont Opera, Sarasota Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Teatro Grattacielo, Light Opera of New Jersey, MIOpera, and West Edge Opera.
While at Davidson College, Patrick was a theatre major with a music minor and was involved in the Davidson College Choirs (Chorale) and Opera Workshop. In 2019, Patrick was a featured soloist for the concert “Flame and Fury”, conducted by Christopher Gilliam at the Duke Family Performance Hall. Patrick is currently making his west coast debut as the Emperor in Stravinsky’s The Nightingale with West Edge Opera. Upcoming performances include roles with the Chicago Opera Theater and St. Petersburg Opera.
Patrick’s time at Davidson College was instrumental in developing his love for performing and in particular for beginning his crippling addiction to opera, for which he thanks Jacquelyn Culpepper profusely! One fun fact about Patrick is that he was nearly a founding member of The Nuances, but ended up joining the then newly formed a cappella group two weeks late due to missing their first auditions. Whether or not it was because he slept through them is a matter of debate. Patrick currently lives in Chicago, IL. Find out more about current and future performances at and follow @patrickscullybass on Instagram.
Please see our News of Davidson photo album from “Flame and Fury.”

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