Dr. Kathryn Chilcote, D.M.A.


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Dr. Kathryn Chilcote, Voice Teacher:
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Maurizio e Caterina: A Love Story

Maurizio e Caterina

"tu sei il mio unico amore, per sempre" (you are my only love, forever)
Great loves live on throughout time despite separation and death. In her new novel, Kathryn Chilcote presents a woman's search for the man she left behind decades ago.
Read more about "Maurizio e Caterina."

Kathryn Chilcote, soprano
is a native of the Pacific Northwest, having been born in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She studied voice with voice teacher Carrie Richardson (now of Olympia, Washington) while in high school. She holds both a Bachelor and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California, where she was a student of Dickson Titus, baritone. Upon Prof. Titus' recommendation, Kathryn auditioned and was accepted into the summer opera training program at l'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, in the summer of 1970. Minutes after her audition, she emerged to meet Florentine tenor Maurizio Frusoni, who is the basis of the character "Maurizio Lorenzini" in Kathryn's autobiographical novel, entitled Maurizio e Caterina: A Love Story.

Circumstances made it necessary for Kathryn, or Caterina, as Maurizio called her, to return to the United States, after a period of time where she called Florence, or Firenze, home. She based herself in San Francisco, where she began a career singing in regional opera theatres on the West Coast and studied voice with Kathryn de Haven. During this time Kathryn also began working as a voice teacher in the greater San Francisco Bay area, including the Burlingame Conservatory, the College of Notre Dame (in San Mateo County), and as an adjunct at the Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California, where she had earned two degrees. While sharing a studio at UOP with Prof. George Buckbee, formerly of the Finnish and Norwegian Operas, he invited her to participate in a summer program in Bayreuth, Germany, where he directed and conducted a performance of Malcolm Williamson's contemporary opera entitled "The Growing Castle." Upon her return to the US, Kathryn began an intensive study of the German language, and began extensive travel between Germany and the West Coast of the United States in the next few years. She participated in the summer apprenticeship program in Graz, Austria, at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in 1977, where she studied voice with Marianne Weltmann, coloratura soprano (now of Seattle, Washington).

In 1980 Kathryn relocated to Hannover, Germany, where she sang and gave singing lessons until she returned to the US, in 1984. Upon completion of course work for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts at the School of Music, the University of Oregon, in Eugene, she accepted a position as the Director of Opera at a university in Mississippi. A year later, she accepted a similar position at a university in Southeastern Pennsylvania, where she has taught since 1989. Dr. Chilcote completed her doctorate in 1991 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997.

Dr. Chilcote is an active recitalist, and has performed extensively on the West Coast and in the Northeastern part of the US, in addition to European cities such as Toulouse, France, Bayreuth and Hannover Germany, and Florence, Italy as well as Moscow, Russia. She was featured as a soloist with the San Francisco Bach Choir when she was a Bay Area resident, and has continued her love of singing Bach to the present day. She produces and performs in a yearly chamber music concert featuring the secular and sacred solo cantatas of Baroque composer J. S. Bach.

Along with her early music, Dr. Chilcote also is a noted German Lieder and French mélodies singer, collaborating often with pianist Richard Gangwisch. She has also participated in duet opera recitals with colleagues from various universities, including tenor Martin Dillon of the Rutgers-Camden University campus, as well as baritone Dale Morehouse, of the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music. In November of 2005, Dr. Chilcote, Prof. Morehouse, and pianist Brian Marble presented a concert in Florence, Italy, as part of the Concerto Classico Series, in memory of Maestro Maurizio Frusoni who passed away in 2000. Maurizio's son, Marco, a tenor like his father, came up from Rome to participate also in the concert.

In March of 2007, Dr. Chilcote was featured as a soloist with the Paradise Symphony, in Paradise, CA, under the direction of Maestro Lloyd Roby, singing arias by Puccini and Verdi. She joined baritone James Gentry and Maestro George Buckbee (conductor and pianist) in a series of five reunion concerts throughout Finland in January of 2009, with a focus on American and Italian art song and operatic excerpts.

Voice Teacher - Singing Lessons and Vocal Instruction

Dr. Chilcote maintains a large private voice studio in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where she specializes in teaching high voices, particularly sopranos. She accompanies her students on piano for every voice lesson. Her professional students include Sarah Bennett, soprano, of Maryland; Jessica Lennick, soprano, of Philadelphia; and Alayna Rakes, soprano, of Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Chilcote specializes in opera, operetta, wedding repertoire, Broadway and musical theatre, art song, Disney music, folk songs, and pop music. She offers the Italian bel canto approach with a focus on the Italian appoggio breathing method. She is always available for students of all ages and all levels.


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