Karyl Ryczek, Assistant Dean; Department Chair; Opera; Vocal Performance

Karyl Ryczek, soprano, has enjoyed a varied and rich performance career on the opera, oratorio and concert stage. Her singing has been described as intelligent, dramatically informed and in possession of opulent tone. Solo appearances include Boston Baroque, Cantata Singers, Boston Musica Viva, Emmanuel Music, Monadnock Music Festival, and Collage New Music.

Ms. Ryczek has had the privilege of working with and premiering the works of some of the most prominent composers of our time including John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, T.J. Anderson, and Charles Fussell. She has had worked with the Grammy Award winning Pacifica String Quartet and has had performances of Gorecki widely popular Third Symphony and Barber’s, Knoxville: Summer of 1915 in addition to creating operatic characters for Collage New Music and Opera on the Edge. The operas of Robert Kapilow performed for family concerts have also been in her repertory. Ms. Ryczek continues to maintain an active performing career.

Ms. Ryczek has been on the voice faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College since 1992. She also serves as the Assistant Dean for Faculty and Program Development.

Teaching Philosophy

As an instructor of voice for over 25 years, Ms. Ryczek seeks to bring out the self-discovery in each of her students. The human speaking voice is developed throughout the span of each life and one needs to be in tune with their body and mind in order to be a successful singing performer. Look for the most organic, natural production of tone provided by the best possible breath support and synchronization of body alignment and there will be the individual’s voice. Find the vowel and consonant resonance to balance and even registration and therein lies the ease of sound, fluid breath line and accuracy of pitch. Each student is encouraged to explore repertoire with guidance to locate and build the best musical collection representative of their technical ability and enrich their musical roots.

Email: karyl.ryczek(at)longy.edu