- Major at OCC: Music
- High School: Canandaigua
Krista Laskowski has had a love of music since a young age. She grew up singing in church and knew when she was in the 5th grade she wanted to sing professionally. It wasn’t until a chance encounter at OCC in 2005 she truly found her passion in the field. “My vocal professor at the time, Jean Loftus, gave tickets to me and a couple of my friends, that were provided by Syracuse Opera’s Aria Society, to see Syracuse Opera’s production of Tosca. From that moment forward I was hooked on opera.” She was blown away by the sets, the costumes and most of all the performance and singing that was involved in the production.
Laskowski gained valuable experience at OCC when she performed with the Jazz Band under the direction of Professor Steve Frank and other Choir Ensembles led by Professor Richard McCullough whose teachings have stayed with her. “The time investment from all of the music faculty was critical to my development as there are several vocal and breathing techniques I learned from them that I still do before performing.”
After OCC, Laskowski earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Vocal Performance from the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Since graduating in 2013 she has been working with a number of opera companies, which include the Utah Festival Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative and MetroWest Opera. In November, she performed the role of Flora Bervoix in the production of La Traviata as part of the Indianapolis Opera Company. With that behind her she’s looking for her next challenge. “December is a very busy month because it’s audition season. Over the next few weeks I’ll be working to get in front of as many people as I can in order to land roles for next season.”
Despite the grinding lifestyle, Laskowksi feels fortunate to be just as inspired by the essence of opera now as when she saw her first performance while a student at OCC. She still keeps in touch with Professor Loftus, who recently retired, and has enjoyed the development of their relationship as they have transitioned from teacher-and-student to peer-to-peer. “OCC provided me with the complete educational and college experience I was looking for and thanks to professors, like Jean, I had the confidence and skills to make my dream a reality.”