Christopher Koelzer

Christopher Koelzer
pianist/coach

A native of Sunnyvale, California, pianist/coach Christopher Koelzer begins his first season in WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program in the fall of 2017. In WNO’s 2017–2018 season, he will be Assistant Conductor for The Barber of Seville. He attended Aspen Music Festival and School from 2011 to 2012, returning as a Vocal Fellow in 2014. He was awarded the Outstanding Collaborative Pianist Award and Grand Prize Art Song in the Metropolitan International Music Festival Competition in New York in 2016. He has performed staged readings of new musicals in New York City (Shards, Boston|Nebraska), as well as world premieres of several new operas in Washington D.C. and South Carolina. He began working professionally as an opera pianist at age 13 with Mission City Opera and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of San Jose. He studied Piano Performance with Dr. Irene Peery-Fox at Brigham Young University, and was involved as a pianist, harpsichordist, and coach for six fully staged operas. He holds a master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Maryland, College Park, and has coached and performed with UMD’s Maryland Opera Studio since 2013. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Maryland, studying with Professor Rita Sloan.