Katy Shackleton Williams is thrilled to be returning to Tennessee to sing with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra again. She has performed extensively in the Pittsburgh area with prestigious organizations such as The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, the Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, River City Brass Band and Pittsburgh Concert Chorale.
Ms. Williams was a featured soloist for several Pittsburgh Symphony Holiday Pops concert series and made her PSO Mellon Grand Classics debut with Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has been the special guest vocalist for the Fiddlesticks Children’s Concerts hosted by the PSO, similar to the children’s concerts with Picardy Penguin, created by your own Lucas Richman.
She has enjoyed solo performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Holiday Pops this season in New Castle, PA with Larry Loh and the fully staged production of Handel’s,Messiah. She also had the honor of singing at the dedication of the Fred Rogers building at St. Vincent’s College with acclaimed songwriter/pianist Michael Moricz.
Operatic roles include ‘Adina’ in Elixir of Love, ‘Adele’ in Die Fledermaus, ‘First Mother’ in Dead Man Walking, ‘Love’ in Orfeo and Eurydice and ‘Barbarina’ in The Marriage of Figaro. Notable solo engagements include Theofanidis- The Here and Now, Vaughan Williams- Dona Nobis Pacem, Handel- Messiah, Bach- St. John’s Passion, Barber- Prayers of Kirkegaard and Honegger- King David. She has sung under the baton of Manfred Honeck, Sir Andrew Davis, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Robert Page, Marvin Hamlisch, Lawrence Loh, and Daniel Meyer.
Ms. Williams was praised in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s, Best Classical Performances of 2009, for her singing in Gustav Mahler’s Resurrection Symphonywith the PSO. She has recorded Leonardo Balada’s Encenas Borracones with New World Records and his La Muerte de Colon under the Naxos label.
She looks forward to singing the roles of the “Sandman” and “Dew Fairy” in Pittsburgh Opera’s production of, Hansel und Gretel this winter.
Currently, she is a member of the professional core for the Mendelssohn Choir, Section Leader of the Jr. Mendelssohn Choir, chorister in Pittsburgh Opera and is adjunct music staff at Point Park University and Washington and Jefferson College. She is the soprano soloist at Rodef Shalom, Oakland, and the vocal artist in residence at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mt Lebanon. Ms. Williams is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Vocal Performance.