1. Faculty

Leroy Kromm

Voice

"...Kromm sang with a beautiful burnished quality." —San Jose Mercury News

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Private Lessons
  • Oratorio Workshop

EDUCATION

  • MM, University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign
  • BM, University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign
  • BS, University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign

ENSEMBLES

  • Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra
  • Anchorage Music Festival Orchestra
  • San Jose Symphony
  • Carmel Bach Festival
  • Monterey Symphony
  • Boston Symphony
  • Sacramento Symphony
  • Reno Philharmonic
  • Fort Wayne Philharmonic
  • Livermore Symphony

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

  • Guest Artist, Aspen Music Festival
  • Arts Leadership Award, Arts Council Silicon Valley

What is your hometown?

Forreston, IL

What is your favorite recording?

Bach B Minor Mass with John Eliot Gardiner.

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Social justice.

Who were your major teachers?

William H. Miller (voice), John Wustman (coach), and Bernard Goodman (conducting).

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

"Never get caught by the world."
—William Miller

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

"What are the things I need to do or change to have a singing career?"

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

There were two: organizing my own choir and performing in high school, and singing the title role of The Marriage of Figaro in college (graduate school).

What was a turning point in your career?

Working with James Schwabacher in San Francisco and being offered a scholarship with the Merola Opera Program.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Real estate.

What is your daily practice routine?

It varies considerably day to day, depending on what I am scheduled to do. Usually morning practice.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Bach, Handel, and Beethoven.

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?

1800, Vienna.

What are your most important collaborations?

Singing Don Giovanni with soprano Carol Vaness, Carmel Bach Festival; Conducting Belshazzar's Feast (William Walton) with Nathan Gunn, baritone; Singing War Scenes with the composer, Ned Rorem; Singing David Sheinfeld’s Dear Theo with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (one of his last compositions)

Who have you had the privilege of teaching?

There have been many… Jennifer Seaman, soprano; Joshua Brown, baritone; Woojeong Lee, tenor; Paul Murray, bass.

What recordings can we hear you on?

Handel: Judas Maccabeus, Harmonia Mundi
Dancing with Henry, Mode Records
New Discoveries in the Music of Henry Cowell, Mode Records
Heinrich Schutz: A Musical Portrait, Helicon Records
Lou Harrison: In Retrospect, New World Records

What is your unrealized project?

Composing a major work for chorus and instrumental ensemble.