"Where words fail, music speaks" -Mozart
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Kathryn began singing and playing piano at an early age. She sang with several local choirs and at the age of eight her choral and piano compositions were being performed and recorded. Her love of composition was furthered under the guidance of theory and flute teacher Tim Janz. Choral music became Kathryn's specialty after singing under such directors as Marnie Strome (Calgary Children's Choir), Elaine Quilichini (Calgary Girls Choir and University Women's Choir), and Janet Youngdahl (Spiritus Chamber Choir) where she was the composer in residence for four years.
In 2003, Kathryn obtained a Bacherlor of Music in voice performance from the University of Calgary. In 2009, Kathryn completed her Master of Music degree in choral conducting with Dr. Malcolm V. Edwards. Currently, Kathryn is the director for the JUNIOR HI division of the Youth Singers of Calgary, vocal coach for SHINE, the resident composer for Youth Singers, arranger, STEP IT UP enhancement programs instructor, and KIDZXPRESS and JUNIOR HI combined choral director. She is also a member of On Cue, a semi-professional group specializing in contemporary a cappella. She is also a vocal and choral clinician and adjudicator at several high schools and festivals throughout Alberta and maintains a successful private voice and theory studio. As a composer, Kathryn has been commissioned to compose several choral works for choirs across Canada, many of which can be found published with Alliance Music Publications and Cypress Choral Music. You can hear Kathryn's music being performed all over the world.
(2007 - present)
"Touch the World"- J Youth Singers, 2015, lyrics by Carly Wurz
"Wide Awake" (Katy Perry arrangement) J Youth Singers, 2015
"A Little Brighter"- SAYQ divisions of YSC, 2014
"Silent Night'- University of Calgary Chorus, 2008; On Cue, 2011
"Every Christmas"- Junior Hi division of YSC, 2013
"Carol of the Bells"- On Cue, 2012
"Singing the Stars"- Kidzxpress and Junior Hi divisions of YSC, 2011
"Carry Me Away"- XJ divisions of YSC, 2012; Montcrest Singers, 2017, Ontario; Strathmore High School, 2017;
"Domine Deus"- J, 2012
"Ave Maria 2"- Fire, 2013; Abendmusik Choir, 2009; South Bay Children's Choir (California), 2013; MMEA All-State Women's Choir, 2011 Link!
"I Am In Love"- University of Richmond, 2013
"Dust in the Wind"- J Youth Singers, 2013
"Sanctus"- J Youth Singers, 2013
"And God Shall Wipe Away All Tears From Their Eyes"- SA, 2010 Link!
"Love Came Down"- pop solo, 2012
"Just One Child"- SA divisions of YSC, 2011; Centennial High School 2013, University of South Florida, 2013
"What Child is This?"- On Cue, 2013
"Mary Did You Know?"- J Youth Signers, 2011
"Do You Hear What I Hear?"- J Youth Singers, 2012
"Ding Dong Merrily on High"- Encore of YSC, 2011
"In the Bleak Mid-Winter"- On Cue, 2010
"Nature Boy"- On Cue, 2013
"We Three Kings"- UofC Chorus, 2007
"Hear My Voice"- On Cue, 2008; Centennial High School 2012; Arlington High School Chamber Singers, 2010; Chamber Singers of Ipswich High School, MA., 2013
"Angel Gabriel"- On Cue, 2007
If your choir is performing one of Kathryn's pieces, please contact Kathryn and we'll add you to the list!