Style: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Voice Department Head, Music Settlement; Associate Professor, University Akron
Bio: Mezzo-soprano Kimberly Lauritsen is an active performer in the Cleveland area, described as having “a lovely crystalline ring” and “velvety low tones.” She has appeared with the Akron Symphony and Chorus, The Cleveland Orchestra, Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, and the Canton Symphony. She has performed lead roles with Opera per tutti, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera Cleveland on Tour, CIM Opera Theater, the Janiec Opera Company, and UNLs Opera Theater. A champion of new music, Ms. Lauritsen has debuted roles in Jim Harris and Mark Hayes' musical Civil War Voices, Monica Houghton’s opera The Big Bonanza, and Randall Engs opera Florida, as well as recent new works by Cenk Jungen, Andrew Rindfleisch, and Coleman Zurkowski. Ms. Lauritsen performs with the Cleveland Chamber Choir, is Music Director of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, is the head of the Voice Department at The Music Settlement, and is Adjunct Voice Faculty at The University of Akron. Ms. Lauritsen also created and leads an after school Sistema-inspired string orchestra at Lomond Elementary in Shaker Heights. She is the recipient of the Boris Goldovsky Prize in Opera, the Vassos Prize in Art Song, and a Special Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and is a student of George Vassos.
Voice Type: Mezzo-soprano
Music Styles Taught: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I have a wait-list for private lessons; I accept students through a college or university program