ARTIST BIOS

Katie W.

Voice and Piano

 

Katie is a singer, pianist, and actor with a dual degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Katie’s love of music started in early childhood after she watched her mother teach voice lessons at their home. Katie went on to study voice with her mother and piano with acclaimed composer and pianist Crystal LaPoint, developing a passion both for performing and teaching from an early age.

 

Katie has been described as a dynamic and moving performer and crossover singer, with a commitment to text, musicality, and communication through music. She made her Syracuse Symphony (Symphoria) debut performing Handel's Messiah and was the female soloist in Tucson for True Concord singing Bernstein's Mass.

 

Katie is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and made her Off-Broadway Debut in “Sweetee: A New Musical” directed by Emmy Award Winner Pat Birch at the Signature Theater. Other New York productions include Icons/Idols at Opera America and the New Ohio Theater, and Henry Box Brown and The Dizzy Gillespie Theater. Katie specializes in new works, and often performs in staged readings with composers including Grace Oberhofer, Faye Chiao and the writing duo Kerrigan & Lowdermilk. Her regional credits include Christine Lindt in A Doll's House: A New Opera at Boston's Central Square Theater, Cinderella in Into the Woods at Rochester Center Stage, Rizzo in Grease at Syracuse Talent Company, and Blink the Mouse in Tales of Custard the Dragon at Geva Theater. Kay has also performed as Dorabella in scenes from Cosi fan tutte for a short film directed by Dara Melina in The Plaiedes Product inaugural production.

 

Katie has taught students ranging from ages 5 to 60 in everything from classical and opera, to musical theater, to pop/rock, to soul. Whether the student is learning how to play the piano (from Bach to Elton John and beyond), how to sing an aria, or how to belt out high notes like the pop singers of today, Katie is ready to take her students on the journey to their best musical selves. Katie’s approach to teaching is student focused, working on the entire student; their skills are just one piece of a beautifully complex puzzle, and it’s important to let each unique individual flourish and thrive in their own way.