An active musician in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Kathleen Kraulik enjoys a multi-faceted musical career as a collaborative pianist, art song and opera coach, and choral accompanist. Critics have praised her "deft skill" at the piano and described her playing as a "masterful mirror of character and mood, [a] collaborator in every sense of the word." (Opera News, December 2005)
She has served as the official pianist for the Metropolitan Opera's district and regional auditions since 2000, has performed with Minnesota Opera's educational tours, and currently works with students in Minnesota Opera's Project Opera program. She has served as the pianist for Project Opera since its inception in 2004 and added the position of Program Manager in 2010. In 2007 she joined the faculty of La Musica Lirica as pianist and music director for opera scenes. In addition to frequent recital performances, Ms. Kraulik has played for various theaters including the Guthrie Theater and Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis, and American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ms. Kraulik holds a bachelor of music degree in both piano and voice from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, and was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Arizona in Tucson where she completed a masters degree in piano performance. Post-graduate studies include a summer session at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria where she studied lieder and accompanying.