Katherine Kozak began her professional life at Florida Grand Opera in 1996 as a member of its Young Artist
Program. Since that time, she has musically prepared over 60 operas throughout her career.
Katherine Kozak is the current Chorus Master and Head Coach of the Studio Artists for Florida Grand Opera, as well as Chorus Master for The Glimmerglass Festival. She also recently appeared as a guest artist at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, where she was the Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for Francesca Zambello’s acclaimed production of “West Side Story”, conducted by David Charles Abell.
Katherine’s work is informed by a wealth of experience, gained by having been on numerous music staffs around the United States. She has functioned as rehearsal pianist, assistant conductor, coach, recital partner, chorus master, supertitle caller, recitative accompanist, and administrator, and her wide range of abilities has brought her to the music staffs of Dallas Opera, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera and Santa Fe Opera, among others. Notable conductors she has assisted include Richard Bonynge, Joseph Colaneri, John Demain, Stephen Lord and Gary Wedow.
In addition to her involvement in Young Artist programs, she has also helped develop singers at the university level. Appointments have included Associate Coach at The Juilliard School, and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Miami (FL).
Katherine holds an MM in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying from the University of Illinois, where she was a student of John Wustman. She has enjoyed collaborating with singers since the young age of 11, when she began accompanying and touring with the Singing Angels, based in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.
A native of New York City, Pianist Caren Levine has gradually established a reputation as one of today’s most compelling young artists. She has won acclaim for her musicality, charm and sensitivity, and is known for her intense and impassioned performances. The San Francisco Chronicle described her as “a petite powerhouse, with technique to burn and unimpeachable musicianship. She is one of the finest musicians around, of the highest and most inspiring order.” An alumna of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she has been on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera House as Assistant Conductor and Prompter since 2003. In 2012, she received a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for The Met Opera’s DVD of John Adams Doctor Atomic Live in HD, and received her second Grammy Award for The Met Opera’s DVD of Thomas Adès The Tempest Live in HD in 2014.
Caren has assisted such renowned conductors as James Levine, Fabio Luisi, James Conlon, Marco Armiliato, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, Charles Mackerras, Robert Spano and Harry Bicket among many others. She has been heard as a recitative accompanist and continuo player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Met Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera, San Antonio Symphony and Vienna Philharmonic. An active performer, she has collaborated with some of the world’s most prominent artists, including Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Miró String Quartet, Marcello Giordani, Juan Diego Flóres, Lawrence Brownlee, Susanne Mentzer, Morris Robinson, and Barbara Bonney. Caren first performed with Soprano Barbara Bonney at the 1996 Tanglewood Music Festival. Since then, they have toured throughout the United States, Canada and Asia at venues which include the La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Herbst Theater in San Francisco, Festival Vancouver, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Van Cliburn Concert Series, Seoul Arst Center, and a live televised performance at the Hanoi Opera House in Vietnam on the critically-acclaimed Hennessy Concert Series. The Los Angeles Times noted that Bonney was “seconded in every way by the excellent Levine.”
In addition to her achievements as a classical pianist, she is active as a jazz composer and arranger. Among her numerous recordings, a CD of her own jazz piano compositions entitled Flowers from a Secret Admirer was released on Capstone Records. Caren has served on the coaching staff at Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood, Crested Butte Music Festival, Berkshire Opera Company, Wolf Trap Opera, Marlboro Music Festival, and the opera companies in San Francisco, Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Central City, and Santa Fe. Particularly interested in the development of emerging artists, she served as Director of the Young Artist Program at Florida Grand Opera, faculty at University of Miami Frost School of Music Vocal Department, Head of Music Staff and conductor at the Miami Summer Music Festival, and conductor at the Music Academy International in Trentino, Italy.
Highlights of her recent performances included continuo harpsichord for the LA Phil production of Don Giovanni, the Metropolitan Opera premiere of L’Amour de Loin and The Exterminating Angel, La Bohème at the Charleston Opera Company, Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera San Antonio, The Turn of the Screw, La Bohème, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Le Nozze di Figaro at The Miami Music Festival, Dark Sisters at Music Academy International and masterclasses at the Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán in Havana, Cuba. Upcoming engagements include Metropolitan Opera productions of Marnie, Le Pêcheurs des Perles, La Bohème and Der Ring des Nibelungen. Caren Levine is a protégé of renowned pianist, Samuel Sanders, whom she worked with throughout her Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Master of Music and DMA at The Juilliard School.
Jared Peroune is a Doctor of Musical Arts student in collaborative piano at the University of Miami. Quickly becoming an established collaborative musician, Jared has collaborated with a number of vocalists and instrumentalists throughout South Florida. He has been heard in concerts and recitals throughout Florida, Italy, Ireland and the United Kingdom, and in his hometown of Georgetown, Guyana. Broadening his abilities to other keyboard instruments, Jared recently was featured as harpsichord soloist in a benefit concert at Corpus Christie Church to raise money for a new instrument. In years past, he has been accompanist and continuo organist for Miami Collegium Musicum, a group for which he was also Assistant Conductor, often in collaboration with the Miami Bach Society and the German Consulate. He has performed with Vero Beach Opera, Miami Lyric Opera, Amici dell’arte, the Hispanic-American Lyric Theater, the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Miami, and with The Symphonia, Boca Raton. Jared was pianist, répétiteur, and coach for four past seasons of the Miami [Classical] Music Festival during which time he also served as chorus master for the 2017 productions of Les contes d’Hoffmann and Le nozze di Figaro. He was recently principal accompanist of the Master Chorale of South Florida as well as previously with Miami Choral Academy, an afterschool initiative by Seraphic Fire. Jared recently completed his third year as Music Director of the Young Patronesses of the Opera In-School Opera Program. He is staff pianist-coach at Florida International University and piano faculty at Barry University in Miami Shores. He is also on the music staff of Florida Grand Opera as pianist-coach.
Aside from his work as a keyboardist, Jared is a rising artist in opera as well. His most recent performances include double-billed roles Il Tinca in Il tabarro and Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, and El Remendado in Carmen all with Miami Lyric Opera, Gaston in La Traviata, Cochenille/Franz in Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Camille de Jolidon in The Merry Widow with Riuniti Opera, Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, and Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi with the Frost Opera Theater. His singing has been heard in over a decade of fully staged productions at Colony Theater on Miami Beach, Broad Center for the Performing Arts, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, The Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center, The South-Dade Cultural Arts Center, and in Fort Pierce with a cameo appearance in La Bohème with Treasure Coast Opera all in conjunction with the South Beach Chamber Ensemble, Alhambra Orchestra, and Frost Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. He has also sung in productions with Amici dell’arte, the Hispanic-American Lyric Theater, and Pro-Arte Grateli. In the spirit of collaboration, Jared is an active choral singer with choruses that have performed a wide range of choral works internationally throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom as well as at noted halls including, the Arsht Center in Miami, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
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