American soprano Kathryn Mueller has made a mark with her “appealing stage presence of personal warmth and musicianship”, and has most recently been engaged by the Johnstown Symphony (Messiah), Williamsburg Symphony (Knoxville: Summer of 1915), Gulf Coast Symphony (Mozart and Barber), Mobile Symphony (Mozart’s Requiem), the Evansville Philharmonic (Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9) and Spartanburg Philharmonic (Gliere’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano) and with ensembles including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Charlotte and Memphis Symphonies, American Bach Soloists, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Santa Fe Pro Musica. Favorite concert works include Haydn’s Creation, Bach’s St. John Passion, and anything by Mozart or Handel. She collaborates regularly as a guest artist with the award-winning early music group Wayward Sisters and has also sung operatic roles for Arizona Opera, the North Carolina HIP Music Festival, and Bach Collegium San Diego.
Equally acclaimed for baroque and contemporary repertoire, Kathryn gave the world premiere of Ananda Sukarlan’s song cycle Love and Variations, commissioned for her vocal-piano ensemble, the Swara Sonora Trio. She made her international debut in 2009 on an Indonesian concert tour with the Swara Sonora Trio, followed by concerts in Central Mexico with the baroque ensemble Capella Guanajuatensis. The 2020-21 season will mark the world premiere of Reena Esmail’s The History of Red, commissioned for Kathryn by Santa Fe Pro Musica, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, the Orlando Philharmonic, and The Knights.
Kathryn received a 2015 GRAMMY nomination for her solo work on True Concord’s album Far in the Heavens. She has also recorded two GRAMMY-nominated albums with Seraphic Fire and is featured as a soloist on recordings by New Trinity Baroque, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Tucson Chamber Artists, and Seraphic Fire, including Seraphic Fire’s best-selling Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, which reached the top of the iTunes classical chart. Her solo CD Love & Loss: Songs of Purcell, Bach and Handel, released in 2020, was praised by Early Music America for her “sheer beauty,” “deliberate restraint,” and “concern for the text.”
In 2011 Kathryn was one of four fellows in the prestigious Adams Vocal Master Class at the Carmel Bach Festival. She was a finalist in the 2012 and 2013 Oratorio Society of New York’s Solo Competition, winning the Frances MacEachron Award in 2013. Kathryn’s soprano duo Les Sirènes was one of 6 finalist groups in Early Music America’s 2012 Baroque Performance Competition.
Kathryn was born in San Francisco and began her musical studies on the edge of Arizona’s White Mountain Apache Reservation. She got her first professional engagement – a section leader position at a church in Providence – during high school in Rhode Island, continued her vocal studies as an undergraduate at Brown University, and then earned a Masters degree in vocal performance from the University of Arizona. Kathryn also spent a summer in Salzburg studying Lieder at the Mozarteum. She is based in Raleigh, NC where she lives with her conductor husband, two talkative young children, and a cranky old dog.
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