The Royal Conservatory The Glenn Gould School

Joel Katz

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Joel Katz

M.A. (University of Sheffield), Dip. (University of Toronto), B.A. (Bennington College)


Joel Katz teaches at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he is an instructor in applied voice, music history, vocal literature, vocal pedagogy and opera. Joel is one of the few Canadian artists to have received a Canada Council Arts B Award, an Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Grant, and most recently, a three-year fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to support his research into singers’ memory. Chairman of the Voice Department at the GGS from 2005-2009, and director of the Royal Conservatory School Opera program from 2000-2010, Mr. Katz is currently pursuing a PhD in Musicology at York University, with a particular interest in singers’ memory processes. A recent graduate of the MA program in Psychology for Musicians at the University of Sheffield (2014), and a prizewinner at the Munich international Voice Competition, Joel has taught artists performing at the Bayreuth Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, the Staatsoper in Berlin, La Scala and the Wiener Staatsoper. Mr. Katz was a member of the COC Ensemble and principal singer with the Canadian Opera Company, and has sung with the Edmonton Opera, Calgary Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Chattanooga Opera, the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, the Landestheater Hof and the Aspen Festival. As an oratorio soloist, he has been heard at the Schaffhausen Festival, the Ludwigsburger Festspiele and with the St. Louis Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Mendelssohn Choir, the Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Symphony, Quebec Symphony and Symphony Nova Scotia, among others. Joel is an avid gardener and the proud owner of two impossible cats.

You may contact Professor Katz through e-mail at: [email protected]