Meet our Emerging Artists
In 2015, Katherine completed a BMus (Hons) in Classical Performance Voice at the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University, where she studied under Jenny Wollerman and Richard Greager. During her final year of study, she played the title role in NZSM’s production of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges, appeared as a Fury in Days Bay Opera’s La Calisto (Cavalli), and sang the role of Jezebel in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Orpheus Choir and Orchestra Wellington. Katherine also performed with New Zealand Opera for the first time – as a chorus member in Tosca and as a soloist in a Friends of the Opera concert at Longwood. In 2014, Katherine gave the New Zealand premiere of I Never Saw Another Butterfly, a chamber work by Ellwood Derr, at NZSM’s ‘Recovering Forbidden Music’ conference; she has since performed it at the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand’s Kristallnacht commemorations.
2015 also saw Katherine take part in several major competitions. She won the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Wellington Aria Competition, taking first place in three categories. She was a finalist in the New Zealand Aria Competition in Rotorua for the second year running, also winning first place in the oratorio category. In August, Katherine travelled to Sydney as one of ten semi-finalists in the IFAC Australian Singing Competition, where she won the Tinkler Encouragement Award. At the beginning of the year, she received two major NZSM awards, the J. C. Richards Music Scholarship for Postgraduate Study and the Ariadne Danilow Music Prize, and was selected for the New Zealand Opera School in Whanganui for the second time; her tutors there have included Paul Farrington, Håkan Hagegård, Sara Brodie, and (in 2014) Dennis O’Neill. During her time at NZSM, Katherine has also benefited greatly from masterclasses and coachings with, among others, Simon O’Neill, Christine Goerke, Orla Boylan, and Dame Malvina Major.
A lifelong Wellingtonian, Katherine has taken part in the city’s musical life from a young age. She has been a Choral Scholar with Wellington’s Orpheus Choir for two years, performed at Parliament during the city’s 150th anniversary celebrations, and sang in the 2011 Rugby World Cup Choirs. Head Girl of Wellington Girls’ College in 2011, she led the school’s award-winning auditioned choir and also sang for four years with the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, including two years as leader (2011-12).