Associate Professor of Music
Director of Graduate Studies
Mercer University Children's Choir
Office: (478) 301-4167
Tenor Richard Kosowski joined the faculty of the Townsend School of Music in 2007 as Assistant Professor of Music, where he teaches voice, lyric diction, and vocal techniques and various graduate classes. He also serves as a stage and music director for Mercer University Opera. This season, Kosowski will conduct Mercer University Opera's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's beloved, Iolanthe, and direct its spring 2013 opera gala.Kosowski is the music director for Mercer University Children's Choir, overseeing 60 choristers participating in a multi-tiered extra-curricular choral program.MUCC recently completed a 7-state tour, which included stops in Memphis, St. Louis, and Nashville. In the community, 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 serves as the registrar 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, Massachusetts and in Prague, Czech Republic for six seasons. At the very beginning of his musical career, Kosowski was an elementary music specialist in the Atlanta (GA) Public Schools, and served as a children's choir director in a number of Atlanta area churches.
Kosowski holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Houston Moores School of Music (TX), a Master of Music from the University of Miami Philip and Patricia Frost School of Music (FL) and a Bachelor of Music Education from Truman State University (MO).
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, and the Choral Guild of Atlanta. He and his wife Mary Beth are currently professional choristers in Atlanta-based 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, both of whom attend Bibb County Schools.