If you know the backstory, you know what a full circle moment this is. Diploma coming in December. 👨🏼🎓 Tony-Award Winning Levi Kreis Returns to Campus for Senior Recital: When students entered the Massey Performing Arts Center on Friday, September 15 for another senior recital, they were greeted with an artist who is no stranger to the stage. Tony Award-Winning singer, songwriter and actor Levi Kreis performed his senior recital before a full house last week, signaling the end of a degree he has spent years working towards. In December, Kreis will receive his bachelor’s of music in commercial music with a music business emphasis.
After leaving Belmont years ago to begin his career before graduating, Kreis won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical when his experience as a recording artist, actor and pianist combined to originate the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in Broadway’s Million Dollar Quartet. Soon after, to further his success, Kreis became more and more interested in completing his degree. Since then, Belmont’s School of Music has worked around his show, tours and travel schedule to ensure he was able to complete his outstanding degree requirements. Understanding the importance of finishing what he started, Kreis set his sights on graduation. “There’s a pride in being a Belmont alumni,” he said. “I didn’t want to leave any unfinished business. It’s important to me to be associated with Belmont, especially in this industry. The university attracts the cream of the crop and has proven, time and time again, that it can groom that talent to have a remarkable impact on the entertainment industry and beyond. I’m proud to be a Belmont alum.” Kreis said it’s always been important that he finish the degree, it was just a matter of timing. Reflecting back on his “fantastic experience,” Kreis has a message for current students. “There are so many ways to be successful,” he said. “Had I not been given the tools through my Belmont experience to create a unique vision for myself, I’m not sure where’d I’d be. We all have the opportunity to use the tools we’ve been given and decide what success looks like...(Full interview at Facebook.com/LeviKreis)