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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

Katherine Jolly is assistant professor of music in voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

An accomplished singer on the opera and concert stages, soprano Jolly has appeared in leading coloratura and soubrette roles in multiple seasons with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Houston Grand Opera, Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Virginia Opera, Amarillo Opera, Piedmont Opera, Union Avenue Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, American Lyric Theatre, and others. In the concert arena, she has performed recently with organizations including the Phoenix Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Chamber Project STL, Sacramento Choral Arts Society, Northwest Florida Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Musica Sacra, and the Evansville Philharmonic.

Regarding her win at the 2006 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions 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.” She 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 Met award, she has been the recipient of several other awards, including an honorable mention as a 2007 George London Finalist, a 2006 Opera Theatre of Saint Louis award, and a 2005 McAllister Career Grant.

Jolly received the National Association of Teachers of Singing Award for Outstanding Teacher/Performer from SongFest in 2016. She has presented workshops of co-authored research on yoga, singing, and performance anxiety at the Voice Foundation, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the College Music Society. She earned Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As an assistant professor of music at Saint Louis University Department of Fine and Performing Arts, she was recently awarded a Mellon Faculty Career Grant and was a 2016-17 finalist for the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has taught for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’s Spring Training program and Union Avenue Opera’s Crescendo program as well as being a featured teacher on The Sheldon Concert Hall’s Online Music Academy. She is represented by Berger Artists Management.