Our Music Scholar Program The Covenant-First Presbyterian Church Music Scholars are music students, primarily studying at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, who hold auditioned positions in the Covenant Choir, and as Organ Scholar. The students sing or play in worship each Sunday, and are given other performance opportunities throughout the year, such as today's program. The congregation's goal is to provide support and encouragement to the students.
Hayden Glasgow, organist, is from Columbus, Ohio and has been playing organ for nearly six years. He is a Sophomore at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music majoring in Organ Performance. He worked with the Highlands Presbyterian Church in Columbus for about a year and is currently organ scholar at Covenant-First Presbyterian Church. Hayden says, “I am excited to continue my work at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and at Covenant-First Presbyterian
Matthew Goodheart, tenor, is from Binghamton, New York and is currently in his Junior year at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. This past summer, Matthew took part in the voice program of the Chautauqua Institution, where he was featured in multiple concerts and masterclasses. Matthew is a student of Thomas Baresel, and is blessed to also learn from his parents, both voice teachers, Thomas and Jean Goodheart.
Brenda Iglesias, mezzo soprano, is a native of Mexico and is currently a Doctoral student and Teaching Assistant at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her distinctive voice has been awarded prizes at the XXXII National Singing Competition Carlo Morelli, the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition, and several artistic fellowships from Mexico's National Found for the Culture and the Arts, National System of Musical Development and Pro-Opera Association.
Madeline Jentsch, soprano, originally from Maryland, Madeline Jentsch has been a part of the Covenant-First choir since 2019. She has been seen on stages from Astoria, Oregon, to Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy. In 2018, she was lauded as the “elfin dynamo,” who could “write her ticket in any genre of music,” by the Astoria Times for her portrayal of Susanna in Mozart’s classic, Le Nozze di Figaro. In 2019 she was part of the second place winning team of Cincinnati Song Initiative’s "Song Slam!”.
Jordan Krack, baritone, recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with his Master of Music in Vocal Performance, as a student of Thomas Barasel. Hailing from Sacramento, California, he graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in 2016, as a student of Dr. Robin Fisher. The first place winner in their Robert S. Dinsmore Opera Scholarship Competition (2016), he was featured in Sac State's Opera Theatre in several roles.
Isaac Owens, tenor, has been singing since he could talk. As a child he traveled with his parents and two other siblings as the “Owens Family Singers,” singing in churches and small venues across the U.S. and performing a wide variety of sacred music, from classical, to gospel and contemporary. As a teen growing up in Upstate New York, he became a member of the Scoharie Valley Singers, and had his solo debut with them. He later studied Vocal Performance at God’s Bible College in Cincinnati.