Katherine Osborne, mezzo-soprano, is a native of New Orleans. She has performed operatic roles from the Baroque era to the 20th century, along with performances of lesser-known operas by Haydn, Donizetti, Pauline Viardot-Garcia, and Ronald Perrera. Her performance in Donizetti’s L’ajo nell’imbarazzo was hailed by The Washington Post as “outstanding…[she] projected a fiery personality and sang graceful coloratura.” Most recently, she was seen as Maestra delle novizie in Puccini's Suor Angelica with Opera Project Columbus, a soloist and recitalist in a series of concerts with the Härnösand Opera Festival in Sweden, and alto soloist in Handel's Messiah with members of the Peoria Symphony and Bradley University orchestras. She will present recitals at Iowa State University, Coe College, and University of Northern Iowa (UNI) this September and serve as alto soloist for Beethoven's Symphony no. 9 in September of 2018 and May of 2019 with the Northern Iowa Symphony and UNI Choirs. Ms. Osborne has been awarded prizes by the Opera Guild of Northern Virginia, Paul Robeson Vocal Competition, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Bel Canto Foundation, and Overture to the Cultural Season.
A dedicated educator, Ms. Osborne takes an active interest in voice research and has over a decade of voice teaching experience. She currently teaches applied voice, voice pedagogy, diction, and song repertoire at the University of Northern Iowa. She previously served as the Head of Voice Studies at the Washington National Cathedral and on the voice faculties of Ohio Wesleyan University and Suitland High School's Visual and Performing Arts Program. Recent research projects include an investigation of resonance features around 3,000 Hz in female singers, presented at the International Congress of Voice Teachers 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden, and registration strategies used by professional mezzo-sopranos, presented at the Voice Foundation Care for the Professional Voice Symposium in 2015. An article titled "Breaking the Glass Slipper: Recognizing and Retraining the Misclassified Low Female Voice" was published in VoicePrints: The Journal of the New York Singing Teachers' Association in 2016. She provided editorial assistance for Great Teachers on Great Singing by Robin Rice, published by Inside View Press in 2017. More information can be found at http://www.voiceinsideview.com/GTOGS.html
Ms. Osborne was honored to receive the 2014 Van Lawrence Fellowship, presented by the Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Her training includes a Doctor of Musical Arts degree/Singing Health Specialization from The Ohio State University, a Master of Voice Pedagogy degree from Westminster Choir College, a Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University, and a 2010 NATS teaching internship.