Updated: Jan 30, 2021
Lauren Koszyk currently maintains a versatile career as a collaborative pianist in the
Dallas-Fort Worth area with particular emphasis in opera and opera coaching.
In addition to her work at the piano, Ms. Koszyk’s background includes training in harpsichord, fortepiano, and organ. She has been named a Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and has been awarded top honors by the President of Illinois State University and the Governor of Illinois. In 2018 Ms. Koszyk was invited by Steinway Hall Dallas to tour the Steinway & Sons Factory in Astoria, New York.
With an affinity for opera coaching, Ms. Koszyk has worked with the Midwest Institute of Opera (MIO) since its inception in 2011. Through her work with MIO she has prepared and performed complete productions of La bohème, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Dialogues of the Carmelites, L’enfant et les sortilèges, The Beautiful Bridegroom, Suor Angelica, and The Pirates of Penzance. Valuing the importance of opera outreach, Ms. Koszyk has given outreach performances as a part of the MIOperatunities program and has been the Midwest Institute of Opera Children’s Chorus pianist, aiding in the preparation of productions of Carmen and Hänsel und Gretel. Ms. Koszyk has also worked with Illinois Festival Opera, coaching and performing complete productions of The Old Maid and the Thief and Gianni Schicchi. She has been honored to accompany masterclasses given by renowned Metropolitan Opera soprano Angela Brown and Yvonne Redman.
Ms. Koszyk has received numerous grants to give presentations or performances at the Music Teachers National Association National Conference, Illinois State Music Teachers Association State Conference, Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Symposium, National Federation of Music Clubs Orpheus Club, the inaugural Dream Big: Music Out Loud Collaborative Piano Conference held at the University of Manitoba, and has been invited to present at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in 2021. Actively involved in the development of the world’s first professional association for collaborative pianists, she currently serves as Treasurer for the International Keyboard Collaborative Arts Society.
Lauren Koszyk earned her Master of Music in Collaborative Piano with a related field in Early Music from the University of North Texas where she was awarded a Teaching Assistantship, Graduate Assistantship, and the Carl and Margaret Eastman Scholarship for American Students. From Illinois State University she earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Bachelor of Arts in German, both summa cum laude. Her principal teachers include Dr. Steven Harlos, Dr. Elvia Puccinelli, and Ms. Andrea Molina. Ms. Koszyk has been inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda and Delta Phi Alpha, the national music and German honor societies, respectively.
Throughout her training, Ms. Koszyk has had the privilege to play for Jean Barr, Michael Brown, Jonathan Feldman, Margo Garrett, Martin Katz, Kathleen Kelly, and others in masterclasses. In addition, she has coached with Tom Cipullo and Alan L. Smith as a part of CollabFest, the world’s first free-standing collaborative piano conference, of which she is currently Assistant to the Artistic Director.
Ms. Koszyk has undergone additional training at Salzburg College where she performed in recitals collaborating with Universität Mozarteum colleagues. She has also studied at The Collaborative Piano Institute on scholarship, The Business of Being a Pianist Workshop at McKendree University, and will join Musiktheater Bavaria in Oberaudorf, Germany as a pianist on a full-tuition scholarship during the summer of 2021.
Visit her website: https://www.laurenkoszyk.com/gallery