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.
Most recently, Katherine led a successful 2015-16 season as Chorus Master at FGO, for which she and the chorus garnered critical acclaim. She also returns from a fifth summer season as Principal Coach/Accompanist at The Glimmerglass Festival, where she musically prepared The Crucible, starring Jamie Barton, Brian Mulligan and Jay Hunter Morris (Francesca Zambello, director; Nicole Paiement, conductor).
Katherine 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 numerous music staffs, including Dallas Opera, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera and Santa Fe Opera. She has assisted notable conductors Richard, Bonynge, Joseph Colaneri, John Demain, Stephen Lord and Gary Wedow, among others.
In addition to her involvement in Emerging Artist programs, she has also helped develop singers at the university level. Appointments have included associate coach at The Julliard School, visiting assistant professor at the University of Miami (FL), and coach at Baldwin Wallace University (OH).
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.
Paul Schwartz has performed more than 800 recitals in the United States, Canada, and South America. Mr. Schwartz worked at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music for 10 years and in addition to teaching, accompanying, and sight-reading, accompanied three choral ensembles and a variety of performance classes. He is in demand as a collaborative artist for both faculty and students. While in Miami, his collaborators have included Helmuth Rilling, Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Porco, John Corigliano, Joe Alessi of the NY Philharmonic, Seraphic Fire, Gerry Pagano, Richard King , and Massimo LaRosa, both members of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Richard Todd, Trudy Kane, and Craig Morris, among others.
Mr. Schwartz previously resided in New York City for 16 years, during which time he coached singers and instrumentalists, performed and played masterclasses with such luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Alex Klein, Gail Williams, Patrick Sheridan, Burt Lucarelli, Fred Mills, Janet Bookspan, Robert McDonald, Mordecai Shehori, Brad Garner, and Joseph Seiger. He also served as a rehearsal pianist for the Mostly Mozart Festival for two seasons under the batons of Sir Colin Davis, Gerard Schwartz, and Vladimir Spivakov, and worked with artists including Steven Isserlis, Sheri Greenawald, Bo Skovhus, Angelika Kirchschlager, and Mark Oswald. In response to a Cala Records recording with Thomas Stacy, former English hornist of the New York Philharmonic, the American Record Guide described Mr. Schwartz’s playing as “immaculate.”
Mr. Schwartz specializes in the instruction of professional artists and prepares them for the concert stage, drawing upon his extensive knowledge in transpersonal psychology, among other modalities that aid in human development, spiritual growth, and freedom of expression. He graduated with both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.