Joanna Kucharczyk

Position
Assistant Professor

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Career Highlights
  • Performed in festivals/shows in US, Spain, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Argentina, Uruguay, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, South Korea, Latvia, and more

  • Partnership with Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute—leader and teaching artist of “Lullaby Project”

  • Releasing an album with three-time Grammy-winning percussionist Marcelo Woloski

  • Performing and arranging for vocal group Jazz City Choir

 

Awards
  • 2nd prize at Transatlantyk Film Festival (Instant Composer Contest) 2019

  • Best Vocalist at Johnny Raducanu Jazz Festival 2013 

  • 2nd prize at Nomme Jazz Festival 2009

  • Special prize from Norwegian Academy of Music, Nomme Jazz Festival 2009

  • Finalist of Riga Jazz Festival 2008

  • 2nd prize and audience prize at Voicingers Festival 2008

  • Polish Ministry of Culture Jazz Phonographic Debut Scholarship

Education
  • B.A., Music Education (Eurhythmics), Frederic Chopin University of Music (Poland)

  • M.A., Jazz Performance, Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music (Poland)

  • Danish National Academy of Music, Jazz Performance 

  • Postgraduate Studies in composition, Frederic Chopin University of Music (Poland)

In Their Own Words

"In my work I encourage vocalists to compose, write, and arrange with their future after graduating from the program in mind. My goal is to teach students how to become independent musicians who are able to communicate with their peers on a professional and deep artistic level that will allow them to fully express their musical vision. While honoring the importance of solid music education I believe that it is crucial to embrace each singer’s unique sound and quality and help them to explore the possibilities it holds."

"I want my students to leave my lessons inspired and curious, with the ability to apply what they learned into their practice, performance, and writing process. We work on harmony, ear training, self-accompanying and putting their personal touch into their repertoire, finding their own story in each song. I believe it is important to be aware of what is happening underneath the melody and to pay attention to every element of music—groove and rhythmical subdivision, bass line, and harmony in order to find your unique sound and choose the right instrumentation and arrangement. I feel very lucky to be part of each student's musical journey."

"As an artist I am committed to continuing to learn and grow as a musician, looking for new challenges and artistic opportunities."