A native of San Antonio, Kristin Roach is in demand across the nation as a pianist, organist, vocal coach, and conductor. 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, Jerry Hadley, and Rosalind Elias. She has prepared productions for the San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Tulsa Opera, San Antonio Opera, San Antonio Symphony, Brevard Music Institute, Aspen Music Festival, Breckenridge Music Institute, Opera Theatre of Rochester, Eastman Opera Theater, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Texas Tech University, and Texas Lutheran University. Conducting credits include La Boheme, Liszt’s Christus, and the Artpace choral world premier of Gold Space City of God. She is currently the Music Director of Opera Piccola of San Antonio and on the opera faculty of Texas State University.
Reviews of Kristin’s performances with South Texas musicians include phrases like “revelatory” and “infectious high-spirits”. She has appeared as piano 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, has been 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.