Richard Kosowski maintains an active career as a soloist, recitalist, chorister, conductor, director and educator. 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. In October 2014, he was tenor soloist in the North American premiere of Alan Craig’s A Diminished Mass. He is an active song recitalist, and as a professional chorister he has sung across North America, Europe, and Asia with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera National Company, National Chorale (NYC), and the Choral Guild of Atlanta.
Richard has served on the faculty of the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University since 2007 and is currently the Director of Graduate Studies for TSM. As music director and conductor for Mercer University Opera, he has led performances of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! (2016), Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers (2017) and Iolanthe (2013), Mozart’s The Magic Flute (2014), and in January 2015, he conducted Handel’s Alcina, in what is believed to be the first “local” staging of a Handel opera in the State of Georgia. 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 spring 2019.
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 22 states and performed in important venues in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Providence (RI), Philadelphia, Washington DC, Winston-Salem, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Charleston (SC) and Savannah. Richard began his teaching career as an elementary music specialist with Atlanta (GA) Public Schools.
Richard 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). He will serve on the Asheville faculty in his sixth year with BCI.