Tifton Clark Graves (tenor) is a native of Steubenville, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Youngstown State University, Dana School of Music. There, he performed in opera roles such as Federico in the opera L’amico Fritz by P. Mascagni, Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus by J. Strauss, Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte by W. A. Mozart and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore by G. Donizetti. Mr. Graves did his graduate work in voice performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the direction of George Vassos. At CIM, he has been in full opera production such as The Chaplain in Dialogues des Carmelites by F. Poulenc, Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro by W. A. Mozart, the Podesta in La Finta Giardiniers another operas of Mozart. He has also presented his talents in opera scene programs in roles such as The Defendant in Trial by Jury by Gilbert and Sullivan, Pedrillo from Die Entfuhrüng aus dem Serail by Mozart, Lindoro in the Italian Girl in Algiers by G. Rossini and Captain Fitzbattleaxe in Utopia Limited by Gilbert and Sullivan. Recently Mr. Graves performed in Dayton Opera’s 2011 production of Puccini’s “La Bohème” in the role of the Parpignal. Also he was seen in Dayton Opera’s 2010 production of G. Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” in the dual roles of Nelson and the Crabman. And Mr. Graves made his Dayton Opera debut in the roles of the Emperor Altoum and the Voice of the Prince of Persia, in the Dayton Opera’s 2008 production of Turandot by G. Puccini. Tifton has performed over seas with the American Music Abroad Choir in Germany and Switzerland and then with the Dana Chorale in Germany and Italy. Tifton was the Professor of Voice and director of opera at Wilberforce University from (2006-2014) and is currently Adjunct Professor of Voice and director of opera at Cedarville University.