I was born on April 3, 1990, in Berne, Switzerland, into a family of musicians: My American mother, Peggy Wey-Ervin, and my Swiss father, Markus Wey, were both oboists, and my 4-year-old brother, Terry, was already determined to become an opera singer. Four years later, he decided he wanted to join the Vienna Choir Boys, and because Vienna is about 600 miles from Berne, my mother and I went with him.
I started kindergarten at the Vienna Choir Boys, and continued there with four years of primary school. Terrys voice trainer, Silvia Purchar, soon also started working with me. The Augarten, home of the Vienna Choir Boys, was perfect for playing soccer my favorite hobby and I discovered that I also enjoyed singing. As a Vienna Choir Boy, I sang in concerts in Carinthia and Slovenia, in "Carmen" in the Vienna State Opera, and in masses at the Imperial Chapel. After a tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1999, I decided to leave the Vienna Choir Boys and attend the Musikgymnasium (music high school), where I have been for three years. In the fall of 2001, the Vienna Choir Boys founded a new external choir, of which I am now a member.
Some of the highlights of my musical experiences have been:
In the summer of 2000, William Adams, of the Fort Bend Boys Choir, invited Terry and me to attend their summer camp. We had such a wonderful time that we went back again in 2001, and look forward to going again in 2002, after I return from a 5-week tour of Japan singing Kurt in "The Sound of Music". Before returning to Europe, Terry and I will give three concerts at music festivals in Pennsylvania. In November, I will sing the boy solo in Leonard Bernsteins "Chichester Psalms" in Switzerland. Concerts and a CD recording are being planned for Dec. 2002 in Paris, as well as performances in France during the Easter holidays of 2003.
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