David Kozisek, voice, joined the MacPhail faculty in the fall of 2013 after moving from Washington, D.C. A versatile and passionate educator, Dr. Kozisek understands the modern singer’s need to have healthy classical training that can be applied to a variety of musical styles and situations. He believes that anyone can sing and inspires confidence and artistry in his students of all ages at MacPhail by being positive and promoting a balanced technical approach tailored to the learning style of each student.
Dr. Kozisek appeared frequently at the Kennedy Center with the Washington National Opera, Washington Chorus, Washington Concert Opera, Cathedral Choral Society, and the National Symphony Orchestra, among others. David has also performed with the Shakespeare Theatre and in various theatre programs at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. David has been a participant of the John Duffy Composer’s Institute, Brevard Music Center, Crittenden Opera Workshop, Bay View Music Conservatory, and BASOTI in San Francisco. In Minneapolis, David has soloed with the South Metro Chorale, Minnesota Oratorio Society, MacPhail Center for Music’s Spotlight Series, and was featured in the ensemble of Carousel with the Minnesota Orchestra. Most recently, David performed and lectured on Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. This summer he will present a joint faculty recital of vocal works with texts by William Shakespeare at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
His doctoral research, Using Team-Based Learning to Increase Feedback in the Applied Voice Studio, was featured in a poster session at the 2017 Minnesota Music Educators Mid-Winter Clinic in Minneapolis and he has submitted a proposal to present the 2018 Annual Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in Las Vegas, NV. His students regularly perform leading roles in their high school musical and participate in All-State Choir, MacPhail’s Prelude Program, and Honors Recitals. This year, students won the Interlochen Arts Camp’s Joseph Maddy Award for Musical Theatre and Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight’s Triple Threat.
David is an active conductor and clinician and works frequently with visiting choirs (in person and on-line) at MacPhail, as well as with the Giving Voice Chorus. In February of 2016, he conducted and directed Henry Purcell’s opera, Dido and Aeneas as part of a collaboration between the University of Minnesota and MacPhail. While at the University of Minnesota, David received a grant to develop and implement SINGOUT!, an interactive vocal music program for 4th and 5th graders that engages their creativity to better produce an expressive, flexible, and healthy tone.
Dr. Kozisek, is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and DePauw University. He completed his Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance on fellowship at the University of Michigan and his Doctorate in Voice with an emphasis in conducting at the University of Minnesota. He is the Director of Music at Glendale United Methodist Church and is on faculty at Gustavus Adolphus College and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
“David is both a phenomenal vocalist AND a phenomenal teacher.”
“David challenges me with actionable goals. His style is very personable and he always delivers his feedback with candor, intelligence and goodwill.”
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