Mr. Kost was born and raised in North Portland, attending Blessed Sacrament elementary school, North Catholic High School and graduated from La Salle High School. He received his BA from Portland State University where he sang in the university chorus, which performed such works as Beethoven’s Ninth symphony, the Berlioz Requiem and Britten’s War Requiem. He has performed in community theater productions, including Lakewood’s productions of“The Merry Widow” and “Bye, Bye, Birdie”, Gilbert and Sulivan’s ”Rudigore” with the Dairyville Players, “HMS Pinafore” and he portrayed Giuseppe in “The Gondoliers” with Light Opera of Portland . From 1995 to 2010 he sang in the chorus of Portland Opera and has always been active in church choirs.