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Student-athlete finds perfect harmony in tennis and barbershop quartet

Stephen Goldman (second from right), a senior on the Belmont men’s tennis team, views singing and performing as “a lifetime hobby.” Photo submitted by Stephen Goldman

Stephen Goldman enrolled in high school chorus because he wanted to take a class with his best friend. What he found instead was a profound passion for music.

One day in chorus at Gaither High School in Tampa, Florida, the teacher played a song by an international quartet champion. “It clicked with me, and I asked her how I could do this,” Goldman recalls.

The teacher told him to find three other vocalists who could sing the parts and stay in harmony. Goldman did, and five years later, he still performs. He also makes time to study accounting at Belmont and compete on the tennis team.

In addition to singing in a barbershop quartet, Goldman is a member of the Music City Chorus in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Tampa Heralds of Harmony, an a cappella group back home. He says balancing all his commitments is a challenge but is worthwhile.

Goldman plans to attend grad school to pursue a master’s in accounting or a Master of Business Administration. His goal is to become a certified public accountant — but he doesn’t plan to give up performing.

“This is a lifetime hobby,” he says. “I’d love to still be singing at 70.”

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