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A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Trist Curless is no stranger to vocal harmonies. He attended the University of North Colorado, majoring in music education. In 1995, he co-founded the pop-jazz vocal group m-pact, with which he has performed in festivals and concert halls around the world. He's also written, arranged, and produced many of the group's songs.

Trist can be found on the other side of the microphone as well, working as an audio engineer for several vocal groups and bands, including Straight No Chaser, Pentatonix, and Take 6.

When he's not performing or mixing, Trist also finds time to teach private voice lessons and to participate as a clinician and adjudicator in clinics and festivals worldwide.Trist is having the time of his life making music with m-pact, Straight No Chaser, Take 6, Bobby McFerrin, New York Voices, Vox Audio, VoicePlay, and now The Manhattan Transfer!