Singing to the Choir: Michael Young finds the right tone with the Cardsmen

January 11, 2018

Singing CardsmenA student in the department of Mechanical Engineering, Michael Young wants to be heard. A member of the Singing Cardsmen, Young was recently featured as part of the group on ESPN during a Cards Basketball game this past December. Currently in co-op at a Fortune 500 company, Young measures his time carefully to pursue his interests in engineering, his professional responsibilities, and his music.

Harmonizing

While initially interested in studying medicine, Young grew up a tinkerer enamored by gadgets and emerging tech. Parlaying those interests into engineering came easy, allowing him the opportunities to impact the community around him by engaging in meaningful work. Since starting, Young has expanded his scope as a student beyond just taking classes to include a leadership position in the Engage Lead Serve Board, college ministry via his work with the Sojourn College, and his time with the Singing Cardsmen and Cardinals for the Appreciation of Musical Theatre.

“Spreading myself out this far has led to some pretty stressful nights where homework and studying was pushed back behind other commitments, but I have been intentional about making school work a priority, and the rest of my college career has just kind of fallen into place,” says Young.

Influenced by acts from Billy Joel or Michael Bublé to more contemporaneous ensembles like Pentatonix, Young has gravitated towards music throughout his whole life. It was that relationship that made him want to find a choir in college, and the recently formed Cardsmen were a perfect fit. A tenor in the group, he serves as the section leader for the tenors, a position that helps to keep track of the members of that range from their performance to their attendance at rehearsals.

Young says, “The best thing about the Singing Cardsmen is that it is non-auditioned and open to everyone from every part of the university, and it encourages people to sing who otherwise never would have. I met a couple of the Cardsmen in the RSO fair at my UofL orientation before Freshman year, so I showed up to the first day of rehearsal and was immediately enveloped in the community and encouragement of Dr. Bolding and my fellow Cardsmen.”

Recently, the choir enjoyed a televised performance at the halftime of Cardinal Basketball game. For Christmas in 2016, the Cardsmen released a video holiday card, one that Young found satisfaction in creating. Looking to step their game up this year, the group were invited to perform at the game at the last minute, and saw an opportunity to spread some seasonal joy.

“It was both mind-blowing and humbling. I had no clue going into this year’s video with a solo that I would end up on TV, so I didn’t even think to be nervous, which was probably a good thing. I’m just glad that we got to come together as a family and create a piece of art that (hopefully) spread from joy and holiday cheer to the UofL community and the Louisville community as a whole,” says Young.

The Next Note

With two more years to completion, Young still has a world of possibilities ahead. That may manifest as more education, as he has designs to pursue medical school quietly percolating over time, or he may look to join the workforce for some time. Regardless, he plans to keep making beautiful harmonies.

He admits, “Whatever I do, music is forever going to be a part of my life, whether I end up in a job leading musical worship at church, or it’s just a pastime that I share with my family and friends.”