Kathleen Lohrenz Gable, Music Director

Kathleen Lohrenz Gable's professional career includes experiences as a recitalist, voice coach, accompanist, and as a musical director and rehearsal pianist for opera productions in Canada and the USA. Kathleen received her Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University; a Diploma in Lieder from the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria; her Fellowship from Trinity College in London; and her Master of Music in Accompanying and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan. Kathleen taught Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Michigan and was a Piano instructor at the famous Interlochen National Music Camp in Michigan. She has also taught for Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Windsor, and currently Kathleen teaches Applied Piano, and is Music Director for the Music Theatre Ensemble at the University of Saskatchewan.

Since 2004, she has been a part of the faculty as a teacher and music director for Edmonton's Opera Nuova. She has conducted Poulenc's Dialogues Des Carmelites, Puccini's Suor Angelica, Copland's The Tender Land, Hänsel und Gretel, and this year she will conduct Dialogues des Carmelites for NUOVA.

Since 1997, Kathleen has collaborated with six of the Young Artist winners for a recital tour of Manitoba and Saskatchewan cities. Kathleen has twice conducted the Saskatoon Symphony, as well as TOTOS (The Opera Troupe of Saskatoon) in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. Kathleen--with husband, bass-baritone Garry Gable--has twice been invited to perform and teach at the Tianjin Conservatory and the Wuhan University Conservatory of Music in China. They have been heard nationally on the CBC Radio Two program Canada Live.

In July of 2009, Kathleen was invited to Bangkok where she performed as an official pianist for the World Saxophone Congress, including four World Premiere performances. She was pleased to join Calgary Opera's production of Little Women as repetiteur in January of 2010, and has enjoyed return engagements as a guest coach for their Emerging Artists program.

In July of 2011, Kathleen was one of the Judges for the National Piano Competition at the CFMTA convention, where she also performed, and gave workshops and master classes. Following that, in September 2011, she was the music director and piano collaborator for Vancouver Concert Opera Society's production of Trouble in Tahiti for which they won the Vancouver Theatre Ovation award for "Best Ensemble Performance".

During 2012, she provided a series of workshop, coaching, and masterclass sessions in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Brandon, and Winnipeg. She was nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction award in Saskatoon.

Kathleen has been a member of theVancouver Summer Opera Studio program for the past two summers. In August she performed a four-hand piano recital with Che Anne Loewen for the Lyell Gustin recital series.

Ms. Gable is very excited to be collaborating with LOOP for their production of Hansel and Gretel.