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Kathleen Duck Ludowise

Kathleen Duck Ludowise

Kathleen Duck Ludowise, 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 toured Ohio and Pennsylvania in Spring 2002 performing a lecture-recital titled Emily Dickinson in Poetry and Song.

Ludowise completed her undergraduate studies in voice and music education at the University of Maryland. At the University of Illinois, she received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance, and also completed 30 hours of further graduate study.  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.  A collegiate professor of voice since 1972, she has taught voice at Marshall University (West Virginia), Clarion University of Pennsylvania (tenure granted), California State University at Hayward, and San Jose State University (California).  In 1990, she joined the voice faculty at Santa Clara University.  

Her students have been winners in vocal competitions sponsored by National Association of Teachers of Singing, Olympiad of the Arts, Russian Music Competition, Santa Clara Art Song Festival, and East Bay Opera League.  Her students are heard in venues throughout the Bay area, including featured roles with San Jose Lyric Theater, Bayshore Lyric Opera, West Valley Light Opera, Peninsula Teen Opera, and as soloist with the Mission Chamber Orchestra and the San Jose Symphonic Choir.  Her SCU vocal major graduates have been featured in leading roles with the Boston Opera Institute, Music Academy of the West, West Bay Opera, Pippin Pocket Opera, and Berkeley Opera.  Her SCU theater/dance graduates have appeared on Broadway (Bombay Dreams), as featured entertainer for Carnival Cruise Lines, and in other Bay Area venues.

Active in National Assoc. of Teachers of Singing (NATS), 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.