Katherine Olsen, Encompass Arts, Founder
Katherine Olsen is the Founder of Encompass Arts, LLC.
Encompass Arts represents leading Broadway, film, stage and operatic talent. Her clients include: John Cullum- two-time TONY award winner, Jerry Springer- culture icon and actor, Anthony Laciura- HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”, Marcello Giordani- leading tenor of the Metropolitan Opera, Sylvia McNair- two-time GRAMMY Award winner, Willy Falk- Tony Award Nominee, Gary Simpson- principle artist at the Metropolitan Opera and actor in the recurring role “Hobart Showalter” in Cinemax/HBO’s “THE KNICK.”
Katherine has performed three times at the White House, once for President Ronald Reagan and twice for President George H. W. Bush. She has also performed at the Library Of Congress on three separate occasions. Ms. Olsen has played for the New York Shakespeare Festival and has appeared on television with the “New Tang Dynasty International Vocal Competition.”
She has coached for the past ten years with the Martina Arroyo “Prelude to Performance.” Ms Olsen had played for and adjudicated many prestigious vocal competitions including: The MacAllister Awards, The Puccini Competition, The George London Awards, The Richard Tucker Foundation, The Rehfuss Competition, The United Negro Spiritual Foundation, and Voci Verdiane-Busetto, Italy.
As a pianist she has collaborated with: Ben Heppner, Leona Mitchell, Sherrill Milnes, Cheryl Studer, Gary Lakes, Barbara Daniels, Harolyn Blackwell, Renata Scotto, Marcello Giordani and Riccardo Caruso (great-grandson of Enrico Caruso). Katherine serves on the board of The Singer’s Development Foundation and the Marcello Giordani Foundation.
She was the Principle Coach and Artistic Administrator for Baz Luhrmann’s Tony Award-winning production of Puccini’s “La Bohème on Broadway.”
Sandra Hormozi comes to Encompass Artists with knowledge of music, business and philanthropic industries from the inside-out. Known for many years for her singing, Sandra has gone on to become an international figure in working with artists and throughout the operatic, concert and recording venues. Sandra is fluent in Italian and has a command of three others. She has extensive experience with the music industry and business world at-large in North America, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Slovakia and the Middle East.
Ms. Hormozi’s background has given her fine-tuned appreciation for artistic excellence and the realities and practicalities of the current state of the industry. Her work with legendary operatic artists have set the bar high for artistic standards tempered with a down-to-earth work ethic. Her education was at Manhattan School of Music where she performed major rolls with the John Brownlee Opera Program at MSM, Pittsburgh Opera, Tulsa Opera, Shreveport Opera and concerts at Lincoln Center, Palazzo Pisani-Moretta in Venice and the Middle East. She was chosen for young artist programs with Santa Fe Opera, Central City Opera, Sarasota Opera and spent two years in the Pittsburgh Opera Studio with Tito Capobianco. She was a winner of the Opera Index Competition, and has received numerous other awards.
Alex Moskvin comes from the world of marketing and business where his career of over 30 years spans Europe, the United States, Latin America and the Far East working to help companies and organizations to innovate successfully. Alex’s love for all things opera was first cemented in 1965 when he experienced the astonishing talents of Joan Sutherland and the young Luciano Pavarotti with the Sutherland Wllliamson Opera Company in Australia. Alex brings his talents, experience and passion in representing artists in all aspects of their careers.
Jennifer Olsen, Assistant Manager
Jennifer was born into an artistic family- a fact for which she is forever grateful. Jen’s family have amassed three Tony Awards, three invitations to perform at the White House, various TV shows, as well as performances at The Metropolitan Opera and opera houses all over Europe and Asia.
Having made her stage debut in New York City in the opera,”Amahl and the Night Visitors,” at the age of 9 months, Jennifer began her life in the arts. She appeared in eight other operas in New York, and Florida, before the age of 10. Jennifer’s biggest highlight was performing in Baz Luhrman’s production of Puccini’s “La Boheme on Broadway”, which also ran in San Fransisco and Los Angeles. She was a member of the Tony Award Winning Best Ensemble of the year 2003. She and the cast also performed live during the Tony Awards show. She was also a featured actor in the commercial for La Boheme on Broadway, which was seen nationwide.
Jennifer was homeschooled to afford her the opportunity to travel extensively with her mother and father as they performed all over the world, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Canada, Italy, the Czech Republic and several states in the U.S, her most favorite being Hawaii.
After graduating high school, she went to work for Universal Studios, at the Hard Rock Hotel, in Orlando, Florida. She then worked for Walt Disney World Resorts, also in Orlando. Jennifer moved back to New York to continue her studies and work as an executive assistant at the fashion house, “femme dame” for several years, until she began her apprenticeship with Encompass Arts. She has become a partner in EA and now divides her time between NY and her families home, in Knoxville TN.