Beth Kakacek-Munce, coloratura soprano, is renowned for her "beautifully effortless” and “stunning” singing. Beth is passionate about the choral arts and actively sings as a member and featured soloist in several choral ensembles including Kantorei of Kansas City since its inception in 2009, Te Deum Antiqua, under the direction of Matthew Shepard; and various other early music projects around the area. Beth has also sung with the Grammy-award-winning Kansas City Chorale for four seasons as well as the renowned early music chamber ensemble, Armonia, under the direction of Dr. Ryan Board for four seasons as well.
Kantorei recorded its third album, “To Bethlehem,” under the UK-based label, Resonus Classics, and will feature Beth as a soloist. Beth can also be heard as a soloist on both of the group’s previous albums, “Music and Sweet Poetry” and “Sweet was the Song.” During her tenure with The Kansas City Chorale, she was fortunate to lend her voice to the recording of “The Sacred Works of Joseph Reinberger” which was nominated for two Grammy Awards.
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. Prior to that, Munce earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Idaho State University, studying under Dr. Livingston-Friedley and Dr. Mei Zhong. During her time at UMKC, Beth was active in all singing activities including singing as a featured soloist for many doctoral recitals, Bach Cantatas, large choral-orchestral works, operas as well as being showcased as a soloist on The UMKC Graduate Chamber Choir’s tour of Central Europe in 2005 under the direction of Dr. Scott Anderson.
Beth was featured as a soloist with Armonia at the Piccolo-Spoleto Festival in 2006 and 2007 and as well as when the group was a featured choir at the National ACDA convention in 2007. 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 The First Witch from Purcell’s Dido and Aneas.
Beth has taught private voice lessons for thirteen years, nine of which have been in her thriving studio of thirty students in Lee’s Summit. Beth’s students consistently make her proud of their preparation at District and State level singing competitions, are selected to sing in All-State and All-District choirs, are selected as leads in their school musicals, receive large scholarships to prestigious colleges, have won and been nominated for Blue Star Awards, and go on to have successful singing careers as both amateurs and professionals in the “real world.”
Beth and her husband Chris also have two children, Clara, 8, and Colin, 4, who are their pride and joy in life.