photo of Kathryn Summersett
photo of Kathryn Summersett

Kathryn Summersett, soprano

Kathryn Summersett, soprano, is currently in Bloomington, IN earning her Doctor of Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She received her MM from the University of North Texas and her BM from the University of Massachusetts.

Miss Summersett has been a featured soloist at the Boston Early Music Festival in the years 2009, 2011 and 2013. She was invited in 2010 to perform at the University of Cordoba in Argentina alongside singer Patricia Gonzalez in a program featuring Argentian folk song. In the same year, Ms. Summersett participated in the inaugural American Bach Soloist’s Academy.

Ms. Summersett has been heard as soloist at other notable programs such as the Florence Voice Seminar (Florence, Italy), Amherst Early Music (New London, CT), Academia D’Amore (Seattle, WA), Berkeley Early Music Festival (2014) and the Lute Society of America conference, for which she was the first vocalist ever to be awarded a scholarship to attend.

During her time at Indiana University, she has performed roles in J.B. Lully’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Massenet’s Cendrillon, Venus in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, as well as directing and producing her own productions such as Purcell Project: A Masque in 2013, Musica Dolce for the 2014 Bloomington Early Music Festival, and Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum.

In the Fall of 2014, Ms. Summersett was a featured soloist in A Baroque Christmas in the New World, a collaborative program between the Historical Performance Institute of Indiana University and Public Radio International, in which she performed the modern premiere of Cantada al Santisimo Sacramento, a solo cantata for soprano by Mexican Baroque composer Manuel de Sumuya. The program was broadcast nationwide via the syndicated radio program Harmonia on almost 200 NPR stations for the 2014 Christmas season. Recent performances include solos with groups such as Pro Arte Saint Louis, Fort Wayne Bach Collegium, and Les Touches.

Ms. Summersett became a Certified McClosky Voice Technician in the summer of 2013 and is currently teaching in Bloomington.

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