Mezzo Soprano Katherine Soroka is known for her passion for connecting with audiences and conveying a song text. Her singing has been acclaimed as “masterful” and with “heartfelt vocalism” (Post Gazette). Katherine’s appearance with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble was hailed for “finding both lush lines and dramatic intensity… commanding the stage””. (TribLive)
A proponent of contemporary music since her study with Jan DeGaetani, Katherine has performed premiers by composers Judith Shatin and David Stock, and appeared at the Aspen Music Festival and in New York City with the Continuum Ensemble and at The Kitchen, The Julliard School, The Greenwich House, Columbia University and City University of New York.
A winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Auditions, Katherine has sung recitals in New York City at Cami Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and on the Trinity Church and Christ & Saint Stephens Church concert series; in Pittsburgh in Kresge Theatre, PNC Recital Hall and The Church of the Redeemer; on The Silberman Recital Series at Allegheny College and for Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts. With Pittsburgh’s Chatham Baroque, Katherine performed a Frick Museum Music For Exhibitions concert in conjunction with the exhibition “From Michelangelo to Annibale Carraci, A Century of Italian Drawings From the Prado”.
Performances with orchestra include Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Edgewood Symphony, Copland’s Old American Songs with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, and Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. She has narrated and sung with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Tiny Tots and Schooltime educational concerts under the batons of Lawrence Loh and Daniel Meyer.
Operatic roles in 2017-18 include Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera and Klytaemnestra in Elektra with the Chatham University Opera in Pittsburgh. Katherine has appeared as the Witch in Into the Woods with the Barrow Civic Theatre, Vera in Pal Joey with the Colonial Theatre, and Jenny in Company with the Pittsburgh Playhouse. She has performed cabaret in NYC at Don’t Tell Mama and Panache.
Katherine also has worked professionally “backstage” in the senior management of the New York Philharmonic; as Executive Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival and Children’s Festival Chorus; and on the faculty and administration of Manhattan School of Music, where she founded MUSIC IN ACTION: A Community and Educational ArtReach Program and founded and directed the Program in Orchestral Performance. She has conducted workshops on outreach performance techniques at national conferences and has authored articles published in OPERA America publications. Katherine serves on Mercyhurst’s adjunct voice faculty and teaches voice privately in Pittsburgh and Foxburg. Katherine is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University.