Theatre and Dance

Kitty Karn

Associate Professor of Music
Office: 218 Browne Hall
Phone: (309) 298-2857
Email: MK-Karn@wiu.edu

Kitty Karn

Kitty Karn began her career as a professional singer at age 16, singing solos at church services and weddings in her hometown of Albert Lea, Minnesota. Know for her effervescence, warmth and versatility, Kitty is at home singing Opera, Oratorio, Musical Theater, Jazz and Choral music.

Kitty holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where she performed locally with Opera in the Heights, Theatre Under the Stars, Alley Theatre, Stages Repertory Theater, Theater LaB, Main Street Theater, Masquerade Theatre and The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston. She has worked with Houston Grand Opera in several capacities including the HGO Chorus, Opera-to-Go, STARS and Opera New World.

Together with Soprano Julia Kay Laskowski, Kitty has produced, written and performed two children's shows for Young Audiences of Houston-The Wonderful Women in Opera and Up with Opera. Their most recent collaboration is titled "Sold Separately", a hilarious adult comedy that combines glorious singing with clever video production. Kitty has performed in several European countries as the soprano soloist in John Rutter's Requiem and traveled to England to participate in the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, where she was awarded Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Phoebe in The Yeomen of the Guard. In 2004, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston returned to England and won many awards for their production of The Mikado, including Best Show and Best Chorus, with Kitty as their Chorus Master.

As well as being an accomplished performer, Kitty has 23 years experience as a voice instructor. She combines practical knowledge with intuition to meet the needs of each individual student and guides them to the next level with patience and encouragement. Many of her students are professional singers and teachers in their own right. She has taught at Houston Community College and Sam Houston State University.

As a Musical Director for churches and theatrical productions, Kitty brings excellent musicianship, leadership and a sense of humor that results in a quality experience for both performer and audience member. She served as an adjunct faculty member with San Jacinto College Central, where she music directed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Gypsy and The Pirates of Penzance.