American soprano Kathryn Mueller has made a mark with her “appealing stage presence of personal warmth and musicianship”, singing a wide range of repertoire from period baroque performances to world premieres of new works. In concert, her performances have included those with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; the Charlotte, Memphis, Phoenix, Tucson, New Mexico, and Winston-Salem Orchestras; American Bach Soloists, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Santa Fe Pro Musica.
Upcoming and recent season engagements feature Ms. Mueller on the stages of the, Johnstown (Messiah), Williamsburg (Knoxville: Summer of 1915), Gulf Coast (Mozart and Barber), and Mobile (Mozart’s Requiem) Symphonies; and the Evansville (Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9) and Spartanburg (Gliere’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano) Philharmonics.
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.
Favorite concert works include Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Glière’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano, Haydn’s Creation, Bach’s St. John Passion, and anything by Mozart or Handel. She collaborates 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.
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 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.
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 pro gig – 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.