Tenor Richard Kosowski joined the faculty of the Townsend School of Music in 2007as Assistant Professor of Music, where he teaches voice, diction, vocal techniques, music appreciation, and graduate seminar and directs scenes programs for Mercer University Opera.
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 for five seasons.
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. Concert performances include Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and the Fisherman (Guglielmo Tell). Additional operatic roles include Count Almaviva, Don Narciso, Tamino, Des Grieux, Fenton, Bégearss, Triquet and Don Octave. His operetta roles include Sid el-Kar, Detlef, Captain Dick, Eisenstein and the Gilbert and Sullivan roles of Frederick, Nanki Poo, Ralph, Luis, and Lord Tolloler. As a professional chorister, he has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, the Opera Orchestra of New York, the National Chorale, the Atlanta Opera and the Choral Guild of Atlanta.
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; and Brubeck’s La Fiesta de la Posada (performed with the Dave Brubeck Quartet).
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 in the recently released DVD of A Room with a View (Burnside).
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).