At 28, artistic director Brett Karlin is among the youngest musicians in the Master Chorus of South Florida, a semi-professional chorus that performs the great standards of the repertoire in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

But don’t let his age deceive you, he is a serious — and equally accomplished —musician, who is also in his first year as the chorus master of the Florida Grand Opera and an instructor at the Miami Choral Academy.

“It works for me and against me,” he says of his relative youth. “In the beginning stages of anyone’s career there is a little trepidation. Do I know what I’m doing? But it also works to my advantage being the youngest guy in the room,” especially when most of the 90 singers are at least 40-45 years old and several have had professional musical careers from 20 to 50 years.

Karlin auditioned for the position after teaching at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. Education remains one of his professional priorities.

“I love to get young people excited by music,” Karlin said, “but there is nothing like conducting a professional chorus.”

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