Faculty: Voice and Opera
Ruth Baker, internationally recognized coach and pianist, joined the Lamont School of Music in the fall of 2005 as the Principal Opera Coah for the Lamont Opera Program. Originally brought to Denver in 1993 by Opera Colorado founders Nathaniel Merrill and Louise Sherman to be the Principal Coach and Pianist for the company and its Joseph and Loretta Law Artist Center, she was later appointed Music Director, Principal Coach and Chorus Master for the 1997 through 2002 seasons. Among the young artists she coached during her tenure with Opera Colorado were Metropolitan Opera Finalists Leah Creek, Charles Edwin Taylor, and Yalun Zhang.
Kenneth Cox has sung for the past thirty years as a leading basso with many of the international opera houses of the world, including Paris, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, Seattle, San Diego, Washington, Philadelphia, Dallas, Amsterdam, Brussels, and the Opera San Carlo in Napoli.
Kate Emerich, lyric soprano, holds a bachelor of music in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied with Ilona Kombrink and Lois Fisher. Kate also holds a master of science in communicative disorders, also from the University of Wisconsin , where she was mentored by one of the world's leading Voice Pathologists, Diane Bless, Ph.D. Ms. Emerich worked with one of the world's most renowned Laryngologists, Robert T. Sataloff, M.D., D.M.A. as singing voice specialist and voice pathologist. There she worked with singers from the Metropolitan Opera, Broadway, and other professional singers worldwide. She is internationally respected as a clinician, vocal instructor, and singer. She is also currently clinical instructor for the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado, and is Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado. Ms. Emerich is internationally recognized as a voice specialist. She is CEO of her own company, Vocal Essentials, LLC, specializing in Vocal Instruction and Care of the Professional Voice, which focuses on the optimization and/or rehabilitation of the singing and speaking voice.
Larry Glenn, Lyric Tenor, Associate Professor of Voice has been teaching voice at the University of Denver for the past 25 years. Mr Glenn holds a Master's Degree in Voice from the Juilliard School. He has performed throughout the United States as soloist with such companies as the New York City Opera Theater, Connecticut Opera, Georgia Opera Theater, Bel Canto Opera, New York Lyric Opera, Mobile Opera and The National Opera. He has sung leading roles in over sixty operas including Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, Die Zauberflote, Mignon, Cosi Fan Tutte, Faust, L'Elisir d'Amore, Albert Herring, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow, Khovanshchina, Il Giuramento, La Fille du Regiment, A Midsummer's Dream,The Merry Wives of Windsor,and the American premieres of Gounod's Philemon et Baucis and Fioravanti's Le Cantatrici Viallane. Mr. Glenn has been a featured soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra, Eve Queller's Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall, Westchester Symphony Orchestra, Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Pop's Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
Catherine Kasch, soprano, is the 2010 recipient of the University of Denver's "William Driscoll Award for Teaching and Mentorship". Ms. Kasch continues to study extensively to thoroughly present all lines of technique in both her studio work and in her capacity as undergraduate and graduate teacher of vocal pedagogy at the Lamont School of Music.