Student Spotlight: Justin Adair

Justin Adair

Justin Adair

Justin Adair grew up in a musical household.

“Music was a part of life,” he said. “I would be singing songs every day at home, in the car and at family gatherings.”

Yet Adair didn’t know what to pursue as a career, stuck between choosing physics/engineering and music. Thankfully, College of DuPage helped him make the right decision to pursue music.

“I was guided by the fantastic faculty. They helped me realize my goals, further my studies in music, and start to make my path a reality,” he said. “At COD, I met the love of my life and we've been together ever since. I made friendships with faculty and students that last to this day, and I started to develop the professional training that helped me to achieve what I have so far.”

After earning his Associate in Fine Arts – Music degree, Adair transferred to Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, where he received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Since then, he has remained busy, and his award-winning resume includes “Les Miserables” at Drury Lane; “The Light in the Piazza,” for which he won a Non-Equity Jeff Award for Best Supporting Actor, Musical, and “Smokey Joe’s Café,” for which he received a Non-Equity Jeff Nomination, both at Theo Ubique; “Amanda and Justin Sing the Movies” at Davenport’s Cabaret; and “Greek and The Suitcase: An Opera” at Chicago Opera Vanguard.

For the 2015-2016 season, he appeared in two productions at Light Opera Works (now Music Theater Works) – “South Pacific” and “Guys and Dolls” – and in 2017 was in a Duke Ellington review show there. He’s part of a group called Festive Singers that performs Christmas carols around the Chicago area and he sings in the professional choir at St. Chrysostom’s Church in Chicago.

Adair recently married Amanda Horvath, who he met in the Chamber Singers at College of DuPage. 

In 2015, the Chicago Tribune named him one of the “Hot New Faces of Chicago Theater.”

Adair considers the COD Music program fantastic and encourages other students to be a part of it.

“The faculty are incredible and really helped mold me into the person I am today,” he said. “I wasn’t ready to jump into a traditional four-year university with any kind of focus. COD helped me to cultivate that focus, which really served me well when I transferred.”

More about the Music program

Justin Adair’s web site

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