A bright, young, accomplished singer on the opera and concert stages, soprano Katherine Jolly is an Assistant Professor of Music (Voice) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She has appeared in leading coloratura and soubrette roles in multiple seasons with companies including Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Houston Grand Operaco., Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Virginia Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, American Lyric Theatre and Piedmont Opera, appearing with conductors including George Manahan, Stephen Lord, Michael Christie, Stuart Robinson, and Jerry Steichen. She has recently performed with the Phoenix Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, Northwest Florida Symphony, Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra, Chamber Project STL, Bach Society of Saint Louis and the Kingsbury Ensemble. Katherine’s first label recording of new works by composers Evan Williams and Evan Mack will be released on PARMA records in 2019, with pianist Emily Yap Chua.
A winner of the 2006 Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals, the New York Times wrote “Katherine Jolly used her agile, bright lyric soprano to superb effect in showpieces from Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail and Ariadne auf Naxos.” Ms. Jolly returned to the Met in the spring of 2010 to workshop An Enchanted Island with the company and was featured with City Opera’s VOX series for new operas, in Acquanetta, and Josephine, broadcast on NPR. In addition to her Metropolitan Opera National Council Award, she has been the recipient of other awards from the George London Foundation, Opera Theatre Saint Louis, and the McAllister Foundation.
Dr. Jolly received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Barbara Honn and Thomas Baresel. She has presented workshops on yoga, singing, and performance anxiety at the Voice Foundation, National Association of Teachers of Singing, the National Percussion Pedagogy Conference, the College Music Society, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music’s Mindfulness Institute and IU Jacobs School of Music Know Your Voice workshop. Upcoming workshop-presentations include the International Performing Arts Medical Association conference, at UCLA, in June of 2019. The Soprano is a frequent guest clinician with organizations including the Schmidt Foundation, Opera Theatre Saint Louis’s Spring Training program, NATS, and ArtsBridge.
In addition to her Metropolitan Opera National Council Award, she has been the recipient of awards from the George London Foundation, Opera Theatre Saint Louis, and the McAllister Foundation, as well as grants from the Mellon Foundation and Indiana University. As an Assistant Professor of Music at Saint Louis University, Department of Fine and Performing Arts, she was awarded a Mellon Faculty Career Grant, and was a 2016-2017 Finalist for the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in the College of Arts and Sciences. Katherine is represented by Berger Artists Management. Upcoming engagements for 2019 include recitals in Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and debuts with Chicago Opera Theatre and the Quad City Symphony.