The Minnesota Orchestra’s Choral Advisor Kathy Saltzman Romey is artistic director of the 200-voice Minnesota Chorale, which serves as the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal chorus.
Known for her meticulous training of choirs, Romey has conducted the Chorale in local, national and international forums. She has prepared the Chorale for performances with the Minnesota Orchestra under the baton of Music Directors Osmo Vänskä, Eiji Oue and Edo de Waart, Sommerfest Artistic Directors Andrew Litton, Leonard Slatkin and David Zinman, and acclaimed guest conductors as Roberto Abbado, James Conlon, Nicholas Kraemer, Roger Norrington, Helmuth Rilling and Robert Shaw. She has also led the Chorale in concerts with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Metropolitan Symphony and other Twin Cities ensembles. Additionally, she coordinates and presents the Bridges program, begun in 1994 to build musical bridges between diverse populations and raise awareness of pressing social needs.
Romey has been on the staff of the Oregon Bach Festival since 1984 and is principal chorus master of the Festival’s 54-voice professional choir, which she prepares for annual concerts, commissions and recording projects. Festival programs have included American and world premiere performances of major works by Tan Dun, Arvo Pärt, Krzysztof Penderecki and Sven-David Sandström, and Mozart reconstructions by Robert Levin. She has assisted with ten recordings, including the Oregon Bach Festival’s 2001 Grammy Award-winning CD of Penderecki’s Credo under Helmuth Rilling, and theGrammy-nominated disc of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with Osmo Vänskä leading the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Chorale.
Romey serves as director of choral activities at the University of Minnesota, where she oversees the graduate program in choral conducting and conducts two choirs. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in flute performance from the University of Oregon in 1979 and an artistic degree in choral conducting under Helmuth Rilling from the Frankfurt Musikhochschule in 1984. She then assisted Dale Warland at Macalester College, where she served as director of choral activities from 1985-92 before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 1992. Active as a guest conductor, chorus master and clinician throughout the United States and Europe, Romey also serves on the faculty of the Junges Stuttgarter Bach Ensemble of the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart and oversees the chorus of the Weimar Bach Cantata Academy.