Beth Kakacek-Munce, a coloratura soprano, is renowned for her “beautifully effortless” and “stunning” singing. Beth is passionate about the choral arts and actively sings in several professional choral ensembles and as a featured soloist for chamber works. Beth has sung with Kantorei of Kansas City since its inception in 2009 and has been a featured soloist on Kantorei’s albums “To Bethlehem,” and “Music and Sweet Poetry,” recorded by the London-based label, Resonus Classics. Beth has also been a member of the Grammy-award winning Kansas City Chorale and was fortunate to add her voice to the recording of “The Sacred Works of Joseph Reinberger” which was nominated for two Grammy Awards. Beth was also a founding member of the nationally renowned Early Music Ensemble, Armonia, under the direction of Dr. Ryan Board. Beth was consistently a featured soloist with Armonia and was featured at the Piccolo-Spoleto Festival in 2006 and 2007 and The National ACDA convention in 2007. Recent projects Beth has enjoyed lending her voice to include performing the production of the Medieval musical play of “Daniel” under the direction of Anne Azema, a collaboration with Boston Camerata and KC’s Te Deum Antiqua. Beth has also recently performed the soprano solos for Handel’s Dixit Dominus under the baton of Dr. Jacob Narverud, the soprano solos for The Biber Requiem under the direction of Matthew Shepard as well as the soprano solos for Handel’s Messiah under the direction of Dr. William Baker. Beth also frequently lends her voice to professional demo recording projects under the direction of Ben Spalding. Prior to the 2020 Covid-19 shut down for the arts, Beth was in rehearsals for “A Night’s Tale: A Tournament of Love” collaborating once again with The Boston Camerata, under the baton of Anne Azema as part of Kansas City’s Friends of Chamber Music Concert Series which was set to be performed in April of 2020.
Beth completed her Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at the Conservatory of Music at UMKC in 2006 under the tutelage of Dr. Rebecca Sherburn and Dr. Scott Anderson. Prior to that Beth earned her undergraduate degree from Idaho State University. Beth has enjoyed performing operatic roles such as The Doll” from Les Contes d’Hoffman, Papagena from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Zerlina from Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Guinone from Monteverdi’s “Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria” and “first witch” from Purcell’s Dido and Aneas.
Beth is a passionate voice teacher and has an active voice studio of 30 students. Beth’s students consistently make her very proud of their accomplished performances at District, State, and National level singing competitions. Beth’s students are consistently selected to sing in All-State and All-District choirs, and several of her students have advanced to the national level and subsequently the semi-final round at The Classical Singer Vocal Competition. Many of Beth’s students have received large scholarships to prestigious colleges including The Julliard School, Boston Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Westminster Choir College and Pepperdine University. Many of her students have gone on to have successful singing careers as professionals in the “real world.” Beth and her husband Chris are the proud parents of Clara and Colin, their biggest pride and joy in life.