Richard Bozic started off as a heavy metal musician in Cleveland, gradually expanding his scope from the local band scene to the classical music scene in the Tri-State area. "I remember the day I picked up an electric guitar at my buddy's house growing up, I was instantly absorbed! I grew up listening to a lot of different music at home and with friends, and now I held in my hands a way to create my own!"
Soon after this discovery, he formed a band with friends; songwriting took hold, along with a voracious desire to constantly improve. He took a chance at the mic when a lead-singer opportunity opened up. "The guitar was a gateway to singing for me, all of the tonal possibilities inspired so much creativity. But, being able to use your own voice to directly communicate your creation is unparalleled."
This led to serious voice study, opening the door to solo and ensemble-based performances while participating in various bands. "I remember the deep satisfaction of being immersed in music while studying at conservatory in college. It was a metal on Friday and Mozart on Monday kind of situation. A singer has to sing the music they love! As a singing teacher, I always felt great success would come if you allow the student to gravitate towards what they loved to sing while cultivating a sense of curiosity and exploration. I have learned that there is beauty to be found in many different styles and genres, but you must be open to it."
His teaching style can be described as having a contemporary approach grounded in classical fundamentals, combining technique and artistry tailored to the needs of the modern singer. Guiding the singer to maintain a healthy and flexible technique with a strong emotional/dramatic connection to the music, is paramount in serving the art in each song or role.
Rich actively works with artists across the entertainment industry. His students range from the casual hobbyist to the serious professional, spanning extensive genres and styles. Some of his clients have been accepted to, or were involved with: NBC’s “The Voice,” American Idol, Atlantic Records, Liberator/Mushroom Group, RCA/Sony, Berklee, NYU Clive Davis & Steinhardt, USC Thornton School, Belmont, BMI, Radio City Music Hall, The Ambassador Theatre, Red Bull Arena, The Apollo Theater, and many more.
He is passionate about using his craft as a platform to support and be involved with various charities and organizations including Mothers Matter, The Elks Club Charitable Trust, Karuna Care For Humanity and Global Medical Relief Fund, The Folk Project, and MCVTS School Of The Arts.
He has a wide range of performance experience including: rock/metal bands, vocal jazz groups, songwriting and recording projects, musicals, recitals, a cappella and mixed choirs, concert works, symphonic and chamber ensembles, church and temple choirs, oratorios and operas.
He has appeared in productions with Cleveland Opera, Bronx Opera, Verismo Opera of New Jersey, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble in NYC, Fairbanks Summer Music Festival, Bethesda Summer Music Festival. As a Studio Artist, he performed and studied in NYC’s renowned Martina Arroyo Foundation, Opera New Jersey's Summer Artist program, and the CoOPERAtive program at the Westminster College of the Arts.
Notable opera credits include Peter (Hansel and Gretel), Dipsacus (NYC Premiere of The Poisoned Kiss), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Pistola (Falstaff), Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte), Tom (Un Ballo in Maschera), Don Pedro (Béatrice et Bénédict), Dr. Grenvil (La Traviata), and Colline (La Boheme). Concert appearances include baritone soloist (Faure’s Requiem), Chief Seattle (Brubeck's Earth is our Mother), and bass soloist (Beethoven’s Mass in C). Music theater roles include Captain Georg von Trapp (The Sound of Music), the King (The King and I), and Bill Sykes (Oliver!).
He he been described as having a "mellifluous" voice, with a "strong stage presence that suggest[s] real star quality.” (Opera Magazine, UK) He was also chronicled as possessing “beauty of tone and august authority...” taminophile.com, and having “exhibited [an] authoritative stage aura” operapulse.com.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory at John’s Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH. He's an active member of the Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).
He runs and maintains Bozic Voice Studio which includes an extensive in-person and virtual teaching schedule comprised of local and international students. From the casual hobbyist to the working professional, his teaching spans extensive genres and styles. He resides in New Jersey with his wife Katie and their two children.