Kathryn Cowdrick: Seminars

Kathryn Cowdrick maintains a voice studio at the Eastman School of Music and teaches each month in New York City. She is a graduate with distinction of Pennsylvania State University and Columbia University with degrees in speech and voice pathology. She continued her vocal studies at the American Opera Center at the Juilliard School of Music and was an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera. In addition to being an active performer-teacher she is a Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at Eastman.She also teaches Professional Issues for the Singer's Career class for the Arts Leadership program– a class to help graduate students learn how to manage their life professionally, create an audition package and introduces them to Young Artist Programs and provides audition practice. She serves as a Singing Voice Specialist for singers in vocal recovery. She was awarded the 2004 Outstanding Alumni Award from Penn State University in addition to winning Metropolitan Opera National Council, Liederkranz Foundation, Merola Opera, Baltimore Opera ,Washington International Competition and George London Foundation prizes.

Kathryn Cowdrick has been a contributor to Classical Singer Magazine. Her most recent article on "Mentoring and Parenting the Young Classical Singer" appears in the September 2012 edition. It describes the journey taken with her son, tenor Matthew Swensen and as a teacher in academia. She presents master classes for universities and Young Artist programs on Performance Pedagogy and Vocal Health. The pedagogy program at Eastman not only addresses the structure/ function of the vocal apparatus, but also classes devoted to great singers of the past, the psychology of performance, diagnostics, creating practice protocols and remediation. She believes very strongly that young singers are often allowed to sing on sheer talent alone and is committed to reinforcing a strong knowledge of vocal pedagogy and technique from the moment vocal studies begin.

For the 2011-2016 seasons, her students have been members of Young Artist Programs that include the Merola Program of the San Francisco Opera, Wolf Trap, Chautauqua Opera, Ft.Worth Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Crested Butte Festival, Santa Fe Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Florentine Opera, Boston Early Music Festival, Opera Saratoga, Caramoor Festival, Aspen Music Festival, College Light and the Baldwin Wallace Art Song Festival. Two of her students were 2016 NATS interns. Past graduates are also on the teaching faculties of Nazareth College, Adams State University, Gettysburg College, Boston Conservatory and Indiana University-Ft. Wayne and two are attending medical school in pursuit of a specialty in otolaryngology.

View Ms. Cowdrick’s article in the September 2012 issue of Classical Singer.

Kathryn Cowdrick

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