TEACHING PHILOSOPHY: Ms. Ludowise works with students at all levels, -- from teens just beginning their vocal studies, to collegiate music majors, and young professional singers. A firm believer that a successful singer needs to be able to sing freely thoughout their entire vocal range – she helps the student develop a secure and free tone from the low/chest register, through the middle/mix register, and into the high/head register. Additionally, good singing requires a technique that is grounded in solid breath support, a legato line, clear diction, and well placed vowels which result in an appealing and resonant tone quality. She works with each student not only to develop their vocal technique, but also to communicate to an audience the passion and drama of each selection. To that end, she regularly organizes studio recitals so that students can work on their performance skills in front of an audience.
Ms Ludowise offers lessons for students age 14 and older. Students younger than 14 can audition for study, if they are actively involved in music performances on a regular basis.
BIOGRAPHY: Kathleen Duck Ludowise currently teaches singing at Santa Clara University, working with music majors and musical theater minors, as well as graduate students in Liturgical Music. A collegiate professor of voice since 1972, she previously taught on the voice faculty at Marshall University (West Virginia), Clarion University of Pennsylvania (tenure granted), California State University at Hayward, and San Jose State University (California). A native of Washington, D.C., has performed in recital and oratorio throughout the United States. Locally, she performed as soprano soloist with the Nova Vista Symphony, Santa Clara Chorale, South Valley Symphony, and with Opera San Jose’s Barbara Day Turner and musicians from the San Jose Chamber Orchestra in John Harbison’s Mirabai Songs. She appeared in local recital series sponsored by San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose State University, the Pacifica Arts & Heritage Council, and Palo Alto Fine Arts Commission. She has toured the east coast performing a lecture-recital titled Emily Dickinson in Poetry & Song . Ms. Ludowise is a graduate of the University of Maryland (B.S. in Music Education), and the University of Illinois (Master of Music in Vocal Performance). Her major teachers and coaches include: Louise McClelland Urban (Maryland), Martin Katz (Maryland), Elena Fels Noth (Illinois), and John Wustman (Illinois). Her opera training includes performances under the direction of David Lloyd, Richard Aslanian, and Wolf Siegfried Wagner. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Ms. Ludowise is a member Music Teachers Association of Calif. (MTAC), and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), where she served as San Francisco Bay Area Chapter President from 2000-2002. In 2004, she was appointed Northern California Regional Governor, and works coordinating activities with chapters from Monterey to the Oregon border. STUDENT PERFORMANCE VENUES: Her students have been winners in numerous vocal competitions including: NATS Singing Festival (San Francisco Chapter Student Auditions), Music Teachers Assoc of Calif VOCE competition (2 first place winners at State Level), Hal Leonard North American Vocal Competition, Olympiad of the Arts, Russian Music Competition, Santa Clara Art Song Festival, East Bay Opera League, SCU Concerto Aria Competition, and most recently at Golden Voices of America International Competition. Her SCU vocal major graduates are heard in performance venues locally, nationally, and internationally including soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Pears Institute in Britain, the Merola Opera Training program (San Francisco Opera), Boston Opera Institute, Music Academy of the West, West Bay Opera, Pippin Pocket Opera, American Bach Solosts, and many more. Her SCU theater/dance graduates have appeared on Broadway (Bombay Dreams), as featured entertainer for Carnival Cruise Lines. Locally, her students have performed with San Jose Lyric Theater, Bayshore Lyric Opera, West Valley Light Opera, Peninsula Teen Opera, San Jose Children’s Musical Theater, and as soloist with the Mission Chamber Orchestra and the San Jose Symphonic Choir.
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