Dr. Katherine Chan
Director of Choral Activities & Assistant Professor of Music
Australian conductor Dr. Katherine Chan is known for her energy and enthusiasm both on and off the podium. Chan is the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Northeastern University. She directs the Northeastern University Choral Society Choir and Chamber Singers, and teaches courses in conducting, fundamental theory, and class piano. Actively involved and associated with many choral organizations, Chan also serves as the assistant conductor to The Summer Singers and is a clinician for civic and school ensembles. Prior to Northeastern University, Chan served as visiting Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
A highly innovative and collaborative artist, Chan performed Fauré’s Requiem semi-staged in 2015, with singers from the Minnesota Chorale and librettist Michael Dennis Browne. Chan has assisted choral-symphony projects with the Minnesota Chorale. In the 2017-2018 season, she was invited to direct Minnesota Chorale’s holiday program: A Christmas Fantasia, and was a guest conductor at the MN Chorale's family concert: Global Harmony.
Over the years, Chan has presented and performed at prestigious international festivals. In 2010, Katherine was a presenter at the Australia National Choral Association's Choralfest, and in the same year was awarded the Sydney Symposium Choral Foundation’s Fifth Choral Conducting Scholarship. Chan has been a conducting scholar at the Oregon Bach Festival, Taipei Bach Festival, Hong Kong SingFest, The National Conductors’ Symposium Canada, and at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Convention master class. In 2017, she was one of four finalists in the ACDA National Conducting Competition. In Australia, she served as a National Council Member for the Australian National Choral Association (ANCA).
Chan holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Minnesota (UMN), under the mentorship of Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey. At the UMN, she directed Campus Singers Gold and Campus Singers Mosaic, served as the Associate Conductor to the University Singers, Chamber Singers, Men’s Chorus and Women's Chorus, and assisted with Undergraduate Conducting. She also helped lead the annual WomanVoice festival in Minneapolis, focusing on the power of collaboration between female choristers. Chan received a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, Seattle studying with Dr. Geoffrey Boers, and a Bachelor of Music Performance & Pedagogy in Classical Piano from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University. Other prestigious conductors Chan has studied and worked with include Weston Noble, John Nelson, Jeffrey Kahane, Matthew Halls, Simon Carrington, Edith Copley, and Debra Shearer-Dirié.
Dr. Maja Tremiszewska
Native of Poland Dr. Maja Tremiszewska is a classically trained concert pianist, accompanist and music educator. She has been performing as a soloist and collaborative pianist since she moved to Boston in 2003, after receiving her Masters of Music in Piano Performance from Gdańsk Academy of Music in Poland. Upon completing a Graduate Performance Diploma at the Boston Conservatory, she was employed as a staff pianist for its vocal and instrumental departments, the position she held for ten years. In the spring of 2014 Dr. Tremiszewska graduated from Boston University with the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano, where she received a Graduate Assistantship, Dean’s Scholarship and a Collaborative Piano Department Honors Award. Between 2010 and 2016 she was employed to serve as a vocal coach and staff pianist at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, an esteemed summer program for high-school singers and instrumentalists.
Dr. Tremiszewska frequently serves as a rehearsal pianist for Boston opera companies. As an Emerging Artist for Boston Lyric Opera, she served as a rehearsal pianist for the company’s production of Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress and performed recitatives on harpsichord for the same production at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theater. She collaborated with MetroWest Opera, Guerilla Opera, Boston
Opera Collaborative and North End Music and Performing Arts Center. The summer of 2018 she will spend at the Miami Music Festival, as a vocal collaborative fellow, and at the Chicago Summer Opera as a resident coach.
Dr. Tremiszewska resides in Belmont, MA with her family and serves as a pianist/organist at St. Mary's of Assumption Parish in Brookline, MA.