Karen Moskowitz, a native of Pittsburgh, started her career as an opera coach while still an undergraduate student. She was hired by Metropolitan Opera conductor Richard Woitach to work at The Opera Workshop/Pennsylvania Opera Festival, where she spent 12 years as coach, becoming Head of Musical Preparation. There she was heard by Pittsburgh Opera's General/Music Director, Richard Karp, who became a mentor to Ms. Moskowitz.
Ms. Moskowitz's undergraduate education in piano and voice was at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie-Mellon University. Her Master's Degree in Vocal Accompaniment was earned at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she was an opera coach and assistant to Metropolitan Opera bass, Italo Tajo.
Karen Moskowitz spent 15 years in New York City, where she freelanced as an opera coach/accompanist. Her collaborations have been with such Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera artists as John Alexander, Brian Asawa, Kathleen Battle, Marianna Christos, Spiro Malas, Nell Rankin, Laura Knoop Very and Raymond Very.
Ms. Moskowitz has worked for numerous opera companies, including Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Baltimore Opera, Opera Omaha, Chattanooga Opera and Long Beach Opera. While in New York, she was in demand as an audition accompanist for various opera companies such as the New York City Opera National Touring Company, Opera Carolina and the Houston Grand Opera.
Karen Moskowitz has prepared singers for productions from the Metropolitan Opera to Broadway to the Salzburg Festival in Austria and the Spoleto Festival in Italy and for performances with conductors such as James Levine, Simon Rattle and Seiji Ozawa.
In addition to her private coaching studios in New York City and Pittsburgh, Ms. Moskowitz has coached singers from Los Angeles to Paris. She has had music faculty affiliations with Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University.