Joseph Mikolaj – Tenor
Joseph Mikolaj, tenor, is a graduate of the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music with his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance, concentrating in Early Music, Oratorio and Chamber Ensemble, studying with tenor James Taylor. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of St. Thomas (Houston), gradutating summa cum laude and studying under Dr. Brady Knapp.
Mikolaj’s recent portrayal of the Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass was praised as “sensational all evening long” at the Chautauqua Institution. He also traveled to Florence to sing Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion under the baton of Masaaki Suzuki. Engagements at Yale included soloist in Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium, a concert of Elizabethan lute songs, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Beethoven’s Mass in C, and Haydn’s Paukenmesse, among others. He also performed as soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with Mount Holyoke College, Handel’s Alexander’s Feast with the New Haven Chorale, and Honegger’s King David with the Farmington Valley Chorale. Other orchestral appearances include Handel’s Messiah with the Woodlands Symphony Orchestra, Johann Ernst Eberlin’s Requiem and Mass in a minor with the University of St. Thomas, and Benjamin Britten’s Abraham and Isaac in concert. In the summer of 2009 he appeared as a guest artist at the Oregon Bach Festival under the baton of Helmuth Rilling.
During the spring of 2010, Mr. Mikolaj won first place in the New York Oratorio Society’s Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition, and received a Young Talent award from the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music’s Lotte Lenya Competition.
Mr. Mikolaj also appears frequently on stage. He recently played Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Other roles include Nanki-poo in The Mikado, Frederick in Pirates of Penzance, The Defendant in Trial by Jury, Bill in A Hand of Bridge, Goro inMadame Butterfly, Little Bat in Susannah, and Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro.