Perrysburg’s Kathryn Zajac to perform benefit concertWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathryn Zajac’s dreams of becoming a professional singer took root during her days in the children’s choir at Zoar Lutheran Church in Perrysburg.
“It all started at my church, at Zoar. I started singing in the children’s choir and it blossomed from there,” said Zajac, who went on to perform in Perrysburg High School musicals and with Waterville Playshop and The Toledo Opera. “I was always involved in music.”
The classical vocalist, who will graduate from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in June with a master’s degree in vocal performance with a concentration in opera, will return to Perrysburg to perform a free benefit concert.
The concert is set for 6 p.m. May 22 at Zoar Lutheran Church, 314 E. Indiana Ave. Zajac, a soprano, will perform arias and classical selections in German, Italian and French as well as English art songs and musical theater pieces. She will be accompanied by local classical and jazz pianist Eric Dickey. A dessert reception will follow.
Prior to the performance, from 4 to 5 p.m., Zajac will conduct a young singers’ workshop for high school students interested in opera or vocal performance majors. She will give an overview and tips regarding the admission process and answer questions.
A free-will offering will be collected during the workshop and performance with proceeds going to the church’s Kids Against Hunger program and to assist Zajac with professional training expenses this summer.
Starting May 31, Zajac will attend a exclusive monthlong professional workshop in California as part of Pepperdine University’s SongFest, giving recitals and working with composers and vocal coaches.
“Ultimately I would love to be performing opera somewhere,” Zajac said. “I have been taking some auditions and I’m hoping to make some contacts in California and have something come of it.”
For more information about the Kids Against Hunger program, visit www.feedingchildren.com.