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Katherine Jolly

Assistant Professor of Music (Voice)

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East Studio Building, JS235



  • D.M.A., Voice, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 2015
  • M.M., Voice, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 2001
  • B.M., Voice, Boston University College of Fine Arts, 1999

Soprano Katherine Jolly is assistant professor of music (voice) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
She has appeared in leading coloratura and soubrette roles in multiple seasons with companies including Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Houston Grand Operaco., Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Virginia Opera, Amarillo Opera, Union Avenue Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, American Lyric Theatre and Piedmont Opera, appearing with conductors including George Manahan, Stephen Lord, Michael Christie, Stuart Robinson, and Jerry Steichen. She has performed with organizations including the Phoenix Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, Northwest Florida Symphony, Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra, Chamber Project STL, Bach Society of Saint Louis and the Kingsbury Ensemble. Katherine’s first label recording of new works by composers Evan Williams and Evan Mack will be released on PARMA records in 2019, with pianist Emily Yap Chua.

A winner of the 2006 Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals, the New York Times wrote "Katherine Jolly used her agile, bright lyric soprano to superb effect in showpieces from Mozart's Entführung aus dem Serail and Ariadne auf Naxos.” Jolly returned to the Met in the spring of 2010 to workshop An Enchanted Island with the company and was featured with City Opera’s VOX series for new operas, in Acquanetta, and Josephine, broadcast on NPR. In addition to her Metropolitan Opera National Council Award, she has been the recipient of other awards from the George London Foundation, Opera Theatre Saint Louis, and the McAllister Foundation, as well as grants from the Mellon Foundation and Indiana University.

Jolly earned her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Barbara Honn and Tom Baresel. She has presented workshops of co-authored research on yoga, singing, and performance anxiety at the Voice Foundation, National Association of Teachers of Singing, the National Percussion Pedagogy Conference, College Music Society and is a frequent guest clinician with organizations including the Schmidt Foundation, Opera Theatre Saint Louis’s Spring Training program, NATS, and ArtsBridge.