Richard Kosowski

Director of Graduate StudiesRichard Kosowski 2018
Chair, Vocal Studies
Professor of Music

Director, Mercer University Youth Choir

Office: (478) 301-4167

Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Voice Science - University of Houston

Master of Music in Vocal Performance - University of Miami

Bachelor of Music Education - Truman State University

Tenor Richard Kosowski, Professor of Music, Director of Graduate Studies, and Chair of Vocal Studies, joined the faculty of the Townsend School of Music in 2007. He teaches voice, lyric diction, vocal techniques, vocal pedagogy, and various graduate classes in opera history, informed vocal performance practice, and comprehensive examination preparation. As music director and conductor for Mercer University Opera, he has led performances of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! (2016), Loesser’s Guys and Dolls (2018), Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers (2017) and Iolanthe (2013), Mozart’s Così fan tutte (2018) and The Magic Flute (2014), and in January 2015, he conducted Handel’s Alcina. In fall 2017, he led performances of the children’s opera The Trial of Goldilocks for 2,500 children and adults in Macon and in neighboring Monroe County.  In March 2017, he led the premiere of extended orchestral scenes from the new opera Hugh Smalling, which recounts the life and events of a local Macon (GA) hero who lost his life in a bombing raid during World War II. The full opera is scheduled to premiere in the 2020 – 2021 academic year. As stage director and music director, he has prepared student productions of Mozart’s Idomeneo (2011), Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, Nelson’s Tickets, Please (both 2010), and numerous operatic scenes programs. As chorus master, he has prepared student productions of The Merry Widow (2010), and Amahl and the Night Visitors (2007).

He is the music director for the Mercer University Youth Choirs program, a position he has held since 2011. In this role he has prepared MUYC for performances of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Nick Page’s The Nursery Rhyme Cantata for “Once Upon a Symphony,” and two annual performances of “Home for the Holidays” with the Macon Symphony Orchestra, as well as numerous local concerts. Under his direction, MUYC has traveled to 25 states and performed in important venues in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Providence (RI), Philadelphia, Washington DC, Winston-Salem, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Jacksonville, Orlando, Charleston (SC) and Savannah. He began his teaching career as an elementary music specialist with Atlanta (GA) Public Schools. He has also served as choral clinician for the Georgia Music Educators’ Association District 7 Elementary Honor Chorus, the Houston County Schools (GA) 5th Grade Honor Choir, and the Rome (GA) Public Schools Elementary Honor Choir. He is frequently asked to lead workshops and serve as guest clinician with area school choirs and church choirs.

Kosowski is quite active in the Middle Georgia community. He currently serves as the Director Music Ministries for Riverside United Methodist Church in Macon. Before going to Riverside, he has served as the interim Director of Music for Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, where he served as conductor of the Ainsworth Choir (adult choir) and the Wesley Choir (1st – 5th grades) and oversaw the musical activities of the church. At Mulberry, he has led choral – orchestral performances of Bach’s Sleepers, Awake! (BWV 140) and the Easter portion of Handel’s Messiah. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Middle Georgia Opera Guild. He served as the Chair of the Macon Symphony Orchestra Education Committee and served on the MSO board. For the Georgia chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, he served as the registrar and repertoire consultant for the chapter's annual state audition.

Prior to coming to Macon, Kosowski was a Teaching Fellow and Affiliate Artist at the University of Houston, Moores School of Music and served on the voice faculty at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music. Additionally, he has been a member of the performing faculty of the Berkshire Choral Festival in Sheffield (MA), Asheville (NC), Baltimore (MD), Fullerton/Los Angeles (CA), and in Prague, Czech Republic for eight seasons.

His performance career includes a varied repertoire encompassing over 50 opera and oratorio roles, representing music from the early 17th century through the 21st century. He is also an active song recitalist. On the opera stage, Kosowski appeared in the New York City premieres of Stephen Paulus' operas Summer (Reverend Miles/Nettleton Man) and The Postman Always Rings Twice (Nick Papadakis) with The Center for Contemporary Opera. Other New York City debuts include Idomeneo at Avery Fischer Hall as the Gran Sacerdote and Tonio in La fille du régiment with the New York City Opera National Company. Additional operatic roles include Count Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), Don Narciso (Il turco in Italia), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Fisherman (Guglielmo Tell), Orfée (La descent d'Orfée aux enfers), Des Grieux (Manon), Fenton (Falstaff), Bégearss (The Ghosts of Versailles), Triquet (Eugene Onegin) and Don Octave (The Stoned Guest). His operetta roles include Sid el-Kar(The Desert Song), Detlef (The Student Prince), Captain Dick (Naughty Marietta), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus) and the Gilbert and Sullivan roles of Frederick, Nanki Poo, Ralph, Luis, and Lord Tolloler.

Kosowski's oratorio credits include: Bach's Johannes-Passion (Evangelist and soloist), Mass in B minor, Magnificat and Kaffe-Kantate; Beethoven's Ninth Symphony; Britten's St. Nicolas and Rejoice in the Lamb; Haydn's Creation and Lord Nelson Mass; Handel's Messiah and Chandos Anthem 8 - O, Come Let Us Sing Unto the Lord; Orff's Carmina burana; Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle; Schubert's Mass in E-flat and Mass in G; and Brubeck's La Fiesta de la Posada (performed with the Dave Brubeck Quartet and the Morristown Symphony Orchestra).

As a professional chorister, he has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City National Opera, the Opera Orchestra of New York, the National Chorale, the Atlanta Opera, the Choral Guild of Atlanta and most recently in the Atlanta-based ensemble, Coro Vocati.

Kosowski recordings include P.D.Q. Bach's Oedipus Tex and Other Choral Calamities (Telarc) and A Christmas Potpourri with the Choral Guild of Atlanta (Newport Classics), and he can be seen on DVD in a delightful operatic version of A Room with a View (Burnside).

Kosowski and his wife make their home in North Macon with their two children, Alex and Katie.