Lynn Kompass

Vocal Coach
University of South Carolina

Vocal coach and collaborative pianist Lynn Kompass joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina in 2002. Currently an Associate Professor on faculty, she provides musical preparation for all productions performed by Opera at USC and teaches courses in song literature and French, German, Italian, and Russian diction for singers.

As a collaborative pianist and chamber musician, Ms. Kompass has appeared in venues across the United States including Weill Recital Hall and the Nicholas Roerich Museum (NYC), the Strings in the Mountain Festival (Colorado), Harold Washington Library (Chicago), North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh) and various other chamber music series in North and South Carolina. She has also given recitals at numerous colleges and conservatories nationwide, including the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico, Eastman School of Music, University of Tennessee, Western Michigan University, University of Florida, and James Madison University. Her international engagements have taken her to Italy, Spain, Brazil, China, South Korea, and Thailand. For five summers she was engaged as a pianist for the prestigious Steans Vocal Institute in residence at the Ravinia Music Festival. During this time she played in numerous voice recitals and for master classes given by Christoph Eschenbach, Christa Ludwig, Thomas Hampson, Thomas Allen, Barbara Bonney, and many others.

As a coach/repetiteur, Ms. Kompass has worked at the Festival de Musique de St-Barthelemy in the French West Indies, as well as Chicago Opera Theater, Aspen Opera Theater, Charleston Chamber Opera, Greenville Light Opera Works (GLOW), and Opera Brasil in São Luis, Brazil. She has also given master classes and clinics at the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, SUNY Potsdam, Florida State University, Charleston Southern University, Western Michigan University, Winthrop University, and Emory University.

Ms. Kompass has also been an active presenter/performer at a wide variety of conferences and conventions such as the International Convention of the College Music Society in Alcalà, Spain, the National Convention of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (Minneapolis), the 2006 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities and the 34th annual conference of the International Double Reed Society. She was also heard in numerous concerts as an official pianist for ClarinetFest 2006 (International Clarinet Association Convention).

Ms. Kompass holds graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Martin Katz. In addition, she has worked with legendary coach/accompanist Martin Isepp at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts, as well as with Margo Garrett, Roger Vignoles, and Warren Jones at the Steans Institute.