A native of California, Dr. Laura Kafka-Price is a multifaceted teacher of voice, performing artist, musicologist, and linguist. She holds the PhD from the University of Maryland at College Park where she concurrently participated in the Opera Studio Program under the direction of Leon Major. She holds vocal performance degrees from U of Alaska and Methodist U in NC and a degree in French, also from Methodist U. She holds an active Advanced Professional Teaching Certificate in K-12 Music in the state of Maryland and she is a graduate of the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute of the Shenandoah Conservatory Level I Certification as well as the LoVetri Method of Crossover Voice Instruction (Level 1). She is a leading authority on the music of Polish post-romantic composer, Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937). She has articles and reviews among her publications and numerous concert and recital engagements (Weill Recital Hall, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC), among others. She is the founder and co-director of The Children's Rhymes Project (ChiRP), a multifaceted Polish music project for singers centered around the song cycle Rymy Dziecięce, Op. 49 Nos. 1-20 (Children's Rhymes) by Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) that also includes a children's component in the form of a forth-coming in 2019 illustration contest for children in grades 2-8. Her forthcoming recording of the Op. 49 songs (with Tomasz Robak, piano) features the songs sung in Polish and in her English score translation (with Celia Larkin, Daniel Guss, JoAnn Kulesza et al). The project includes an instruction manual for learning the songs in Polish with IPA, a word for word translation, a recording of the song texts slowly in rhythm and the piano accompaniment forthcoming in 2019. Please visit www.childrens-rhymes-project.com to view the information for the children's illustration contest.
Kafka-Price's students participate in Maryland State Music Teachers Association (MSMTA), All-State, and NATS competitions and events among others. Her students have appeared on Broadway, in Broadway National Tours, in film and on television; some just like to sing for pleasure. Dr. Kafka-Price, a lyric soprano, has taught music at many levels of instruction from Kindergarten to college. She has taught Basics of Singing 1, 2, and 3 at The Peabody Preparatory of The Johns Hopkins University, voice minors and non-majors at Georgetown University and at The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. She currently teaches French at the Peabody Conservatory, and she teaches voice privately in her home studio. She maintains an active singing career.