Neophytos Ioannou is a performer, educator, administrator, and baritone from Queens, New York City. His richly warm and profound sound is immersed in classical music, multiculturalism, and musical theatre. Some of Neophytos’ crowning achievements have been performing multiple choral works at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and the LeFrak Concert Hall. He has also had the pleasure of singing alongside the NY Virtuoso Singers, singing backup for Kelli O’ Hara, and performing for Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett. He has appeared in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (Dr. Blind), Beethoven’s Fidelio (Jaquino), and Mozart’s The Magic Flute (First Slave & First Priest). His theatre credits include Willard Hewitt from Footloose, Mr. Mushnik from Little Shop of Horrors, and Kenickie from Grease.
Neophytos has most recently completed a Master of Music in Classical Performance and Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate in Classical Performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Prior to this, he graduated summa cum laude from both his Bachelor of Music in Music Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages & Literatures, as well as having minors in Spanish, French, & Global Studies. As a linguist, he has received awards for outstanding academic studies in French & Francophone literature, is a member of Gamma Kappa Alpha Honor Society for recognized excellence in Italian language, culture, art, and history, and has also received a merit scholarship from L'Università per Stranieri di Perugia to study Italian culture and advanced grammar at fluency level B2 in Perugia, Italy.
As an artist of many trades, Neophytos partakes in curating events around New York City and has created the first-ever Multicultural Recital at Queens College— a premiering event promoting the joy & beauty of all cultures worldwide through the arts—as well as oversaw the sound production for all performances of Reinas de la Noche, Divas de España, & La Gota Fría with the Thalia Hispanic Theatre. Neophytos has also been a cohort member of the debuting Achieving Diversity: Arts Administration Leadership Project; an initiative establishing elite & individually-tailored career support for minority & ethnically underrepresented students who aspire to leadership in the arts. Neophytos has also collaborated with the multidisciplinary QC Arts Festival through Kupferberg Center for the Arts & has assisted the Musical Theatre Organization as both a choreographer & principal soloist.
Neophytos has found a great love for teaching and specializes in Audition Prep, Foreign Language Lyric Diction, Latin American Music, and Musical Theatre. He teaches voice, piano, acting, audition prep, music theory, sight singing, and ear training to a variety of different ages and experience levels. His students have been accepted into NYC performing arts high schools and several universities for music performance, music production, and musical theatre around NYC. His teaching philosophy is to help every student reach their potential through a free and passionate instrument.