Katherine Calcamuggio

Katherine C.

Louisville, KY
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have worked with classical singers, trained up and coming musical theater students, worked with those in bands (folk, cover bands). I enjoy all styles of singing!

About Katherine C.

I am absolutely thrilled to be returning to Take Lessons. A leap into online teaching has given me the confidence to teach students in the Louisville area and the rest of the country!

I have been teaching for full-time for the past seven years and have been looking to reopen my summer hours with students. While I focus on college students now, I love teaching all ages on all genres.

Below you will find a more formal performance bio. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask!

Katherine C. is an award-winning mezzo-soprano. In the past three seasons, Katherine has been featured in important role and company debuts across the United States, eliciting kudos for her “soaring, rich voice” (The Miami Herald), her “polished musical and dramatic characterizations” (Kurt Weill Newsletter) and her “fine coloratura technique” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

In the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons, Katherine C. will debut the roles of the Komponist in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos (University of Michigan) as well as the Mezzo-Soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem (Chicago Community Chorus). As a winner of the coveted concerto competition at University of Michigan, in the fall, she will make her Hill Auditorium debut with the University of Michigan orchestra singing John Corigliano's Mr. Tambourine Man in addition to performing the work with the Oakland Symphony in 2015. In January of 2014, she will return to Opera on the James to make a role debut of Julia Child in Hoiby's Bon Appetit as well as returning with the Toledo Symphony in April for the Mezzo-Soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

During the 2011 and 2012 season, Katherine C. performed with three time Grammy winning eighth blackbird to revisit Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man at the University of Missouri Kansas City as well as debuting with Opera on the James as Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore, with the Freeport Symphony as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with the Marion Symphony as the mezzo-soprano solist in Mozart’s Requiem, and returned to Toledo for Handel’s Messiah, and debuted with the Metropolitan Chorale of Waverly, Iowa for Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasia.

During 2010 and 2011, the singer returned to Syracuse Opera in her role debut as Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel; made her first appearance with Opera New Jersey as Siebel in Gounod’s Faust; performed as soloist with the eighth blackbird in John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man both in Chicago as well as at the University of Richmond; returned to the Toledo Symphony to perform in Handel’s Messiah and sang the world premiere performance of Vivian Fung’s Yushan Songs with Chicago based Fulcrum Point.

Auspicious operatic and symphonic debuts from recent seasons include roles as Stephano in Roméo et Juliette with Syracuse Opera (for which was named “Artist of the Year” in 2009); a much touted Sesto in Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Un Musico in Manon Lescaut with Florida Grand Opera; the Young Nun in the world premiere of Stephen Hartke’s The Greater Good (available on the Naxos label); Aglaonice in Philip Glass’ critically-acclaimed Orphée with Glimmerglass Opera; and Inez in a concert performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore under the baton of Maestro Eduardo Müller with the Miami Concert Association. Also performed as a featured soloist in a recital of Rossini’s songs titled Sins of My Old Age with Opera Omaha and in Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Park Ridge Symphony.

The mezzo-soprano has received top prizes in the Palm Beach Opera, Bel Canto and Shreveport Singer of the Year competitions; and has awards from the Chicago Women’s Musician’s Club and the Anna Sosenko Trust. She is a former participant in young artists’ programs at Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, as well as the Aspen and Brevard Music Festivals.

Katherine C. holds a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from University of Michigan, a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Bowling Green State University.

Katherine currently teaches at a university, but has also taught at various high schools, and community music programs and the college level. Her students ranged from beginning classically trained students to musical theater students.

*** Lesson Details ***
You will constantly be learning from me when you take lessons. I am an incredibly energetic, passionate and caring person which translates to a fun, open learning environment. Students will learn about proper singing technique with me including how to take prepare the body for singing, the proper breath and how to use the body to its utmost capabilities for the best produced sound. I also ask that students learn basic theory so as to help them with their singing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
You feel safe, relaxed and ready to learn in our apartment. Decorated with opera houses that we have performed in, surrounded by book cases with music scores and books and opera pictures, you will be inspired to learn while I sit behind our upright piano. Parents are welcome to stay and can wait in our living room or dining room while your son/daughter is learning.

*** Specialties ***
Being classically trained and being an active opera singer still, I am best suited and strongest in the classical field. However, all singing is based on proper breath technique and support, so I can teach many different genres for the voice. I also have taught musical theater!


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22 Reviews
Colleen B.

Shining star

Katherine is a positive force to our daughter. She is really professional!

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Very good teacher who is very excited when you do well. I can not believe that I am willing to sign in front of anyone but she has made me feel very relaxed.Great Job

Posted May 7, 2012

Great teachers. My daughter really loves working with her.

Posted Apr 29, 2012

You are friendly and encouraging. Eva looks forward to her lessons and immediatly applys what that she learned and practices all the time. As much as Eva loves to sing she now appreciates the work and discipline that goes into singing.

Posted Apr 16, 2012

Wonderful experience

Its going wonderfull! Angelina loves her music lessons with katherine. She makes the atmosphere feel comfortable for both student and parent. Also, I the parent have learned a few singing excercises. which in return can help my daughter re-enforce lessons at home. Thank you for a wonderfull experience.

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Mrs. Katherine is a wonderful and enthusiastic teacher; she's always very happy and positive. My daughter Daniela loves her class; she also wants to take piano classes with her. We really believe that Katherine is the best music teacher ever. My daughter has learned a lot. We recommend her, she is a super unique teacher. Sincerely,Sandra Delgado

Posted Mar 7, 2012

Katherine is such a great teacher.! I am welcomed by her when I go to the lesson which makes me feel comfortable. She is also honest and tells you what you really need to work on and what you are doing great on. I'm really glad that she is my teacher.

Posted Feb 21, 2012

Best opera teacher ever!

My daughter was scared to share her voice with others and now with Katie's patience, Anna loves sharing her beautiful talent. Thank you, Katie! You mean so much to Anna, a true blessing.

Posted Jan 15, 2012

She's the best

From the first day of my daughter's voice lesson, she already thought Miss Katie is awesome. She always puts a personal touch to every lesson that she's teaching my daughter. Everyone in my family can really see my daughter's progress, I told them that she has the best voice teacher. When I ask my daughter how long she wants to take voice lesson with Miss Katie, she would say "until I'm 70 years old", well she's only 8 now, so we have 62 more years to go. :).

Posted Nov 2, 2011

taking lessons

Maureen is very happy taking lessons with Katherine,Katherine absloutly wanderfulinstructor.

Posted Oct 25, 2011

Katherine, we so appreciate you working with the girls. We will see you this next Saturday, but then we will take time off until additonal income is restored.

Posted Oct 23, 2011

High Energy & Enthusiatic Person

She's a fun teacher and knows how to motivate her students. I started with her only 3 lessons, so can't wait until I can sing a complete song.

Posted Sep 25, 2011


Katie is amazing. Her energy and enthusiasm are a joy to behold. Our daughter is having the time of her life.We are so happy that we found her!

Posted Sep 25, 2011

adult voice student

Katie helps me to jump right in and find my best voice. She is both encouraging and challenging, and the lessons leave me believing that with effort I really can become a good singer!

Posted Aug 25, 2011


My daughter has been going to Katherine C. for about three to four months. Both her and i are very happy we chose her. She has an infectious enthusiasm for singing which comes through in her coaching. She communicates very well with us. Sometimes the scheduling can get crazy but Katherine (katie) is able to accomadate us. i have every intention of keeping my daughter being taught by Katie. She supercharges my daughter and inspires her to excel. A wonderful person and true professional. Brava!

Posted Aug 24, 2011

our feed back!

I have enjoyed have Katherine teaching Anthony.. She maintains Anthony's self-confidence as well as keeping him motivated to keep practicing! He just saw me typing this and said to give her "5 stars" and a "thumbs up" from him! And I couldn't agree more!

Posted Jul 27, 2011

My daughter absolutely loves working with Katie! Katie has a positive and uplifting personality.

Posted Jul 1, 2011


We absolutely love Katie! She's a wonderful instructor. She's so positive and has such an enthusiastic attitude. My son really enjoys working with her and responds well to her.

Posted Jun 10, 2011

Katie is fun, supportive, and respectful

My daughter & I LOVE Katie. Katie is serious about what she does but she does it with a lot of fun. Katie can see the strengths and weaknesses of my daughter and she works with my daughter giving a lot of encouragement and support. Katie has high energy and a great love for what she does and it shows. We have had 3 lessons and we have enjoyed Katie immediately. I agree with her methods. Katie has a high respect for her students and their goals.

Posted May 25, 2011

Awesome Instructor!

Katie is so knowledgeable about singing and the voice. She really does have the talent to teach anybody! I've worked in many different fields of singing music, with many people. She is the best of the best. I'm glad I met her. She is so nice and easy to work with. I feel lucky!

Posted Jan 7, 2011

summer lessons with Katherine C.

Katie was an amazing private voice teacher because she really understood all of my vocal strengths and weaknesses, and was able to work with me to improve my skills before I went back to school. She also has a great repertoire of music and knew exactly what pieces to assign to me so that I would have the opportunity to work on what we focused on in the lesson, while still showing off my natural ability.

Posted Jul 7, 2010

Kathy is s great teacher with a lot of enthusiasm. My girls love her and lessons with her. She pays great deal to details. I would recommend Kathy as a teacher to anyone.

Posted Dec 9, 2009

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Opera Performer
Jun 2002 - Present

All across the United States

I have performed with opera companies throughout the United States, primarily singing mezzo-soprano leading parts. Though I have been invited to sing numerous pants roles, I also love to focus on comedic works and have done more of those as of late.


Doctoral Degree (entering third and final year)
Sep 2012 - May 2015

University of Michigan

Master of Music; Voice Performance
Sep 2002 - Jun 2004

Northwestern University

Bachelor of Music; Voice Performance
Aug 1998 - May 2002

Bowling Green State University



Limited Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Master of Music
Jun 2004

Northwestern University

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