A native of San Antonio, Kristin Roach is in demand across the nation as a conductor, pianist, organist, and vocal coach. She is Music Director of Alamo City Opera, Music Director of Spotlight on Opera, and Lecturer in Opera at Texas State University. In performances that encompass twenty states, Canada, Japan, and the former Soviet Union, she has collaborated with many of the world’s finest artists including Renee Fleming, Denyce Graves, Ferrucio Furlanetto, Jerry Hadley, and Rosalind Elias. She has prepared productions for the San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Tulsa Opera, Utah Opera, San Antonio Opera, San Antonio Symphony, Brevard Music Institute, Aspen Music Festival, Breckenridge Music Institute, Taos Opera Institute, Opera Theatre of Rochester, Eastman Opera Theater, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Spotlight on Opera, Texas Tech University, and Texas Lutheran University. Conducting credits include Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Acis and Galatea, La Boheme, Cosi fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, Don Pasquale, The Medium, Bastien und Bastienne/La Curandera, The Italian Lesson/Trouble in Tahiti, Speed Dating Tonight!, Dido and Aeneas , Gianni Schicchi/Buoso’s Ghost, Bon Appetit/Gallantry, the world premier of Mollicone’s Children of the Sun, Liszt’s Christus, and Golden Space City of God. Recent engagements include La Cenerentola and La Hija de Rappaccini with Alamo City Opera and Don Giovanni with Utah Opera. Upcoming conducting engagements include Speed Dating Tonight!, A Little Night Music and Maria de Buenos Aires with Alamo City Opera and The Turn of the Screw at Texas State University.
Reviews of Kristin’s piano performances with South Texas musicians include phrases like “revelatory” and “infectious high-spirits”. She has appeared as soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, San Antonio Wind Symphony, and Eastman Philharmonia, and as chamber musician with Camerata San Antonio, Chamber Music Amarillo, Olmos Ensemble, Musical Offerings, and Cactus Pear Music Festival. She has toured Europe with the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, performing on the historic organs of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Church of the Madeleine, Ely Cathedral, Bristol Cathedral and York University. Her recordings include the Trinity Jazz Project, a self-produced collection of her original arrangements of hymn tunes, and classical works with the New World Symphony for Decca Records and with the Eastman Wind Ensemble for Sony Classical Records. Her recording of chamber works by Miguel del Aguila with Camerata San Antonio, Salon Buenos Aires, was nominated for two Latin Grammy® awards.
Ms. Roach maintains a private coaching studio, whose members include performers with numerous opera companies and apprentice programs, university faculty and students, chamber music groups, and church musicians. She received her education at the Eastman School of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music in Applied Music (Piano), the Performer’s Certificate in Piano, and a Master of Music in Piano Performance/Literature and Piano Accompanying/Chamber Music.