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MM, Manhattan School of Music BM, Middle Tennessee State University
Kathleen is a mezzo soprano based in New York, NY. She has performed the roles of Miss Jessel in Benjamin Britten's Turn of the Screw with the Chautauqua Music Institute, Maddalena in Verdi's Rigoletto with the Asheville Lyric Opera and the Janeic Opera Company, Effie in The Ballad of Baby Doe with the Janeic Opera Company, the title role in The Rape of Lucretia at Manhattan School of Music, and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with the Vancouver Opera Studio.
Other roles include Henrietta M. (The Mother of Us All), Mädchen (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) & Hansel (Hansel und Gretal). Scene work includes: Angelina (La Cenerentola), Carmen/Mercedes (Carmen), Alica (Lucia di Lammermoor), Sesto (La clementza di Tito), Erika (Vanessa), and Babs (Roman Fever). Along with performing, Kathleen is passionate about creating music and making it accessible for all people. In 2016 she co-founded City Lyric Opera, a New York City based opera.
I have been teaching voice lessons for more than five years. I have taught a range of students from 10 years to young adults. I believe in creating a safe space for artists to learn how to use their instrument to the best of their abilities. I believe practice, patience, and joy make for incredible artists. I believe it is my job to help a singer find their voice by eliminating any strain, stress, or tension that the singer may force upon their voice. This frees the singer to really express themselves in the music and drama. The point of art is to make someone feel something, and I like to encourage my students to know what they are singing, why, and how they'd like to make someone feel about it.
I begin with students by asking their goals. Once I have a clear understanding of what results the student is looking for, I can then find ways to help them in achieving these goals. For instance, I always work with the student on warm-ups at the beginning of each lesson. This is because it is crucial to ensure we are singing in a healthy way and to give students a tangible tool to take home that allows them to practice and grow in their technique. Next, I work with the student to find the repertoire they would like to sing and work on a piece technically as well as dramatically.
I love working with students who want to dare to try new things! I think that students grow most when they are stretched out of their comfort zone. This allows them to find their limits physically, vocally, emotionally, and then to build upon their strengths to become the artists they strive to be. I like to incorporate physicality to help loosen the body and free the mind from overthinking. I also believe music is a place to express and will always meet my student where they are each lesson. If they are having a rough day, we will find a way to explore that in the lesson, or if they are having a great day we will make joyous music!
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