Catherine Compton, soprano
Catherine Compton is Lecturer in Voice at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She also serves as Operations Manager for IU Opera & Ballet Theater. She maintains an active private studio in Bloomington, Indiana.
Catherine served on the voice faculty of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley from 2016-2018, where she taught applied voice, lyric diction, music entrepreneurship, and opera workshop. She holds a Master of Music degree in voice performance and pedagogy from CU-Boulder and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Iowa State University. She received further training at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig, Germany as a 2011-12 Fulbright fellow. She was a 2018 NATS Intern with the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Catherine was a graduate assistant for the Musicians' Wellness Initiative at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She was trained in the Alexander Technique by professor James Brody in Boulder as well as Helmut Rennschuh in Leipzig. Her primary voice teaching mentors have been Mary Ann Hart, Brian Gill, Kate Emerich, Julie Simson, and Donald Simonson.
Catherine is passionate about helping students of all ages and abilities develop fulfilling and sustainable singing practices. She has presented master classes at colleges and universities with special focus in vocal health and hygiene, somatic body work, and German lieder, among other topics.
Catherine's teaching and approach to music education is enhanced by her work as an arts administrator and producer. She founded and served as Executive Director of the Off Broadway School of Fine Arts, providing community access to music lessons and classes in Boulder. She was a program coordinator of Patron of the Arts, a music series connecting audiences with performances at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Music. She currently serves on the production staff of IU Opera & Ballet Theater.