Kathleen Schmidt is a lyric mezzo-soprano specializing in medieval chant, Renaissance polyphony, and Baroque opera and oratorio. She was recently appointed as the new Artistic Director for the Denver Early Music Consort, founded by former Saint Martin's chorister Marjorie Bunday. Kathleen has designed curricular programs of early music for grade-school education outreach at the request of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and has performed and led classroom presentations at several Denver-area public schools on the Symphony’s behalf. Kathleen has guest-conducted numerous choral ensembles for churches in the Denver area. She briefly served as interim choirmaster for the professional choir of Mount Calvary Church in Baltimore. She began conducting as a student of Maestro Scott O’Neil, Resident Conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Kathleen has been performing early music on the concert stage since 2002, beginning her career singing and playing Renaissance and Baroque recorder, hurdy-gurdy, and percussion in the Collegium Musicum ensemble of the Colorado College in Colorado Springs. She holds a Master of Music-Voice degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she specialized in early music study.