Apollo Master Chorale

Clara Osowski
Hailed for her artistry and “rich and radiant” voice (Urban Dial Milwaukee), Clara Osowski is an active interpreter of oratorio and art song throughout the United States. She was a 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Upper-Midwest Regional Finalist, runner-up in the 2012 Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition, and was named the winner of the 2014 Bel Canto Chorus Regional Artists Competition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Clara received her Bachelor of Musical Arts degree with emphasis in Voice from North Dakota State University, and Master of Arts Degree in Voice from the University of Iowa.

Clara’s passion for contemporary music is exhibited in the song-cycles she has premiered by numerous composers with the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa, and her most recent collaborations with Linda Tutas Huagen (Gjendine’s Lullaby), Paul Rudoi (Midnight Songs) and James Kallembach (St. John Passion and Songs on Letters of John and Abigail Adams). As a recitalist, she recently completed the Vancouver International Song Institute, the International Workshop on the songs of Edvard Grieg in Bergen, Norway, and traveled to Tours, France to attend the Académie Francis Poulenc. She was also featured in the 2014 Baldwin-Wallace Art Song Festival, in Berea, Ohio and competed in the 2014 International Vocal Competition in s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. In 2015, she was the only American to reach the finals of the Das Lied competition under the direction of Thomas Quasthoff in Berlin, Germany. This past October Clara was a finalist in the Liederkranz Foundation in New York City, and received honorable mention in the Liszt-Garrison International Competition in Baltimore. Numerous festivals have introduced Clara to a number of international artists and art-song masters, including Graham Johnson, Felicity Lott, Julius Drake, Irwin Gage, and Richard Stokes.

Recent performances include a world premiere of James Kallembach’s Songs on Letters of John and Abigail Adams with the Lydian Quartet on the occasion of the Adams’ 250th wedding anniversary at their historic home in Quincy, Massachusetts, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee. She recently completed a tour of the United Kingdom with the University of Minnesota-Morris Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band as the featured vocalist on Bernard Gilmore’s Five Folk Songs and Mood Indigo and performed the Midwest premiere of Jeffrey Van’s Reaping the Whirlwind: The Harvest of War with the Oratorio Society of Minnesota. Upcoming highlights in 2016 include Dominick Argento’s Casa Guidi with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and a recital tour of Lieder in Freeport and Syracuse, New York, and Allentown, Pennsylvania. Clara has been personally invited to return to Tours, France, in March of 2016, in an exchange with the Academie Francis Poulenc on the anniversary of the Academie’s twentieth season to celebrate the works of composer and pianist Noël Lee.

In collaboration with pianist Mark Bilyeu and composer Libby Larsen, Clara serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Source Song Festival, a week-long art song festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This festival strives to create and perform new art song, and cultivate an educational environment for students of song, including composers, vocalists, and collaborative pianists. The festival will be in its third season August 8th-13th, 2016 and will highlight the works of Dominick Argento. In addition to her solo work, she participates in a number of ensembles, including Consortium Carissimi, Lumina Women’s Ensemble, and the Rose Ensemble. For more information, please visit www.claraosowski.com and www.sourcesongfestival.org.

Personal Site: Clara Osowski