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Dr. Kathryn Stieler, soprano, has performed a variety of genres including operatic roles such as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Cinderella in Cendrillon, Kathie in Student Prince, Marenka in The Bartered Bride and Frasquita in Carmen; musical theatre roles including Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Laurie in Oklahoma, Marian in Music Man, Maria in Sound of Music, and Nellie in South Pacific; and solo concert work including the Brahms Requiem, Mozart Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Bach St. Matthew Passion, Mendelssohn Elijah and St. Paul, Schubert Mass in G, Handel Messiah, and Fauré Requiem. She has premiered contemporary works by late Cincinnati composer, Bonia Shur, St. Louis composer, James Hegarty, and Grand Rapids composer, Andrew Bergeron.
Among her achievements, she has performed with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Toledo Opera Outreach, Toledo Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Cincinnati College-Conservatory Philharmonia Orchestra, Detroit Oratorio Society, St. Louis American Kantorei, Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, Toledo Choral Society, Wall Street Trinity Episcopal Choir, Mennonite Choral Society of Indiana, Kalamazoo Society for Old Music, Manitou Music Festival, Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival, Grand Valley State University Fall Arts Celebration Series, and the Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours, France. She is winner of the Metropolitan Opera District Competition, Kalamazoo Bach Festival, National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, Nippert Scholarship at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, James Paul Kennedy Outstanding Performer Award at Bowling Green State University, and a scholarship for study at the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
Dr. Stieler is currently a Full Professor of Voice and a Faculty Fellow in the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center at Grand Valley State University. She has served on the faculty of Interlochen Summer Arts Camp Vocal Soloist Studies Program, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Webster University (St. Louis, MO) where she was nominated for the Kemper Award for Outstanding Teaching, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department, Mount St. Joseph College (Cincinnati, OH) and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis Summer Training Camp for Young Artists.
Dr. Stieler received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University and the Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University. Additional study was completed at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and the Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours, France.