Professor Kathy Saltzman Romey is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Minnesota, where she oversees the graduate program in choral conducting and conducts choirs. She is also Artistic Director of the 200-voice symphonic chorus The Minnesota Chorale, which serves as principal chorus for the Minnesota Orchestra. Romey has conducted the Chorale in regional, national and international forums and annually coordinates BRIDGES, the nationally acclaimed education-outreach program of the Minnesota Chorale.
“I am so pleased to collaborate with Consortium Carissimi on this special Epiphany program. I find the music of Vivaldi and Charpentier to be a fitting and festive entry into the New Year, offering the listener moments of both reflection and celebration.”
Romey has served as a staff member to the Oregon Bach Festival since 1984 and is chorus master of the Berwick Chorus, which she prepares for annual Festival concerts, commissions, and recording projects. Active also as a guest conductor, chorus master, and clinician throughout the United States and Europe, Romey currently serves on the faculty of the Junges Stuttgarter Bach Ensemble underwritten by the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart. Additionally, Romey has prepared programs with the Berkshire Choral Festival, Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus, Grant Park Music Festival, Netherlands Radio Choir, Teatro del Lago Festival, Weimar Bach Academy, and Westminster Symphonic Choir.
Romey has received various teaching awards and grants, co-authored two book chapters, and recently assisted conductor Helmuth Rilling in writing his 2015 book – MESSIAH: Understanding and Performing Handel’s Masterpiece.