Kathleen Kaun is one of today's leading teachers of the art of classical singing. Her schooling in classical technique is informed by extensive professional experience in the real world of performance. After an operatic career in Austria and Germany spanning 13 years and 30 major roles, she joined the music faculty of Northwestern University in 1983. She has taught at New England Conservatory and is now Chair of Voice and Opera at Rice University. Ms. Kaun was principle voice coach for the Apprentice Artist Program of the Sante Fe Opera during the seasons spanning 1990-1996.
Joyce Farwell, mezzo-soprano, received her undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Oklahoma, where she worked with the operatic tenor Joseph Benton. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where she studied and coached with the famous bass-baritone, Italo Tajo. Dr. Farwell is professor of voice at the Shepherd School and also teaches Vocal Pedagogy and Vocal Coaching for Collaborative Artists.
Marcia J. Citron is Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Distinguished Service Professor of Musicology Emerita. A member of the faculty since 1976, Citron specializes in music of the Romantic era, opera, opera and film, gender in music, and Brahms. In addition to numerous articles she has authored five books, including two devoted to her current interest, media representations of opera: When Opera Meets Film (2010, Cambridge University Press) and Opera on Screen (2000, Yale University Press).
Robert Simpson, AAGO, ChM, SMM, is Organist-Choirmaster at historic Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal), Houston, Texas and Founder and Artistic Director of the Houston Chamber Choir, Houstonâ€™s only professional concert choir. He also serves on the faculty of The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University as Lecturer in Church Music.Â
Mary Greitzer joined the Composition & Theory Department in 2013. Her research and teaching interests include ear training and music theory pedagogy; post-tonal music; avant garde, experimental and fringe art; and gender and sexuality. She holds a BM in violin from the Eastman School of Music, an MM in theory from New England Conservatory, and a PhD in theory from Harvard University, where she studied with David Lewin, David Cohen, Chris Hasty, and Alex Rehding.
Rick Erickson is the Director of the Bach Society Houston and Cantor at Christ the King and also Lecturer in Church Music at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
Prior to coming to Houston, Rick served for 22 years as Cantor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York, where he directed the Bach Vespers series. Prior to that, he served as Director of Music at Incarnate Word Church in Rochester, NY.