Richard Bozic started off as a heavy metal musician, gradually expanding his scope from the Cleveland 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 music at home and with friends, and now I held in my hands a way to create my own!"
Soon after he formed a band with friends, songwriting took hold, along with the desire to keep improving. A singer spot opened in an early band, so he took a chance at the mic. "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."
Next came serious voice study as well as involvement in other solo opportunities, music ensembles and collaborations. "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, marrying technique and artistry. Singing instruction tailored to the needs of the modern singer. The focus is on guiding the singer to maintain a healthy and functional technique coupled with a strong emotional/dramatic connection to the music, all to serve the art in each song or role.
He has been in a few 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.
Mr. Bozic has appeared in productions with Cleveland Opera, Bronx Opera, Verismo Opera of New Jersey, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Fairbanks Summer Music Festival, Bethesda Summer Music Festival, and was a Studio Artist 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.
Some of his opera credits include Peter (Hansel and Gretel), Dipsacus (The Poisoned Kiss), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Pistola (Falstaff), Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte), Tom (Un Ballo in Maschera), Don Pedro (Béatrice et Bénédict), and Dr. Grenvil (La Traviata). Some 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 was 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.
Mr. Bozic earned his Master's Degree in Voice/Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance at 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 currently maintains an extensive teaching schedule and works with clients both locally and internationally online. He resides in New Jersey where he teaches voice, while continuing songwriting, playing in various projects, performing and raising two children with his wife Katie.