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Kasch, Cathy 2011

Catherine  Kasch

Background:

Bachelor of Music, University of Colorado
Master of Music and post-master's Artist's Certificate, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Ms. Kasch has completed all levels of study at the Contemporary Music Institute with renowned master teacher Jeanne Lovetri and has, herself, taught master classes at Northwestern College, Minnesota, the Sydney Conservatory of Music in Australia, the Amsterdam Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Den Haag as well as with the International Opera Studio in Amsterdam.

She has served as a guest teacher with the Perry Mansfield Institute in Steamboat Springs. Before joining the faculty at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, she was on the voice faculty at the University of Colorado. Previous teaching includes Triton College and the College of Lake County in Illinois.

Biography:

Catherine Kasch, soprano, is the 2010 recipient of the University of Denver's "William Driscoll Award for Teaching and Mentorship".  Ms. Kasch holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Colorado where she studied with acclaimed teachers, pedagogues and authors Dr. Barbara Doscher and Dr. Berton Coffin. She holds a Master of Music, as well as a post-master's Artist's Certificate, from Northwestern University, Evanston. Ms. Kasch has completed all levels of study at the Contemporary Music Institute with renowned master teacher Jeanne Lovetri and has, herself, taught masterclasses at Northwestern College, Minnesota, the Sydney Conservatory of Music in Australia, the Amsterdam Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Den Haag as well as with the International Opera Studio in Amsterdam. She has served as a guest teacher with the Perry Mansfield Institute in Steamboat Springs and was teacher, masterclass technician and opera director for the 2008 international "Stageworks Festival" in the Washington DC area. Before joining the faculty of the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, she was on the voice faculty at the University of Colorado. Previous teaching includes Triton College and the College of Lake County in Illinois.

In the Chicago area she performed with the Chicago Heights Symphony, North Shore Symphony, Bravura Opera Works and Chicago Light Opera Works. She recorded extensively with the Harold Flammer Series and Hope Publishing under the direction of John Wilson and sang, for six years, with the WTTW 'Chicago Sunday Evening Club' television program. A former Miss Colorado in the 1978 Miss America Scholarship Pageant, Ms. Kasch performed extensively throughout the state of Colorado in that capacity. She has been a greater Denver area soprano soloist, having sung Bach's St. John and St. Matthew Passions, the Messiah, the Vivaldi Gloria and Schubert's Mass in C. She has performed works by David Amram, conducted by the composer, has appeared with Gabriel's Dinner Theater as well as with the Colorado Summer Music Festival. Equally at home with traditional classical training and the technical demands of both 'legitimate' and modern musical theater, 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.

This will be her third summer as head of the voice division for the thriving "Lamont Pre-College Academy," an elite program of nationally selected top high school musicians from across the country. As well, Ms. Kasch has been invited to the faculty of the International Lyric Academy in Viterbo, Italy this summer. Having a passion for interdisciplinary teaching, Catherine teaches Music Theater Survey I and II, directs the Lamont Cabaret and is proficient in the differences and similarities of the classical versus music theater singing technique. In learning about both, "opera singers learn to act and music theater singers learn solid vocal technique." Her most recent article on the "operagasm" web site was a testament to this belief. Ms. Kasch's students are singing on operatic stages as well as on Broadway and music theater venues.