Kathryn Lillich
San Diego, CA
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Kathryn Lillich

Kathryn L.

San Diego, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Is it hard to learn a musical instrument? That’s usually the first question
people ask. My answer? Not at all! I teach music based on the Irish/Celtic tradition. First, you'll learn to play by ear, and then when you're comfortable with where everything is on the harp, we'll move on to reading notes. Playing in the Celtic tradition is heavily based on improvisation, and learning the freedom of what it means for the music to come from within you. Learning the harp is all about welcoming music into your life, and making it a part of you.

About Kathryn L.

Hi there! I am a professional opera and choral singer, pianist/accompanist, and Celtic harpist. I love all animals (especially dogs), and baking goodies for my friends, family, and students!

I hold an MM in Voice, summa cum laude, from UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music, and a BA in Music, magna cum laude, from Luther College with a minor in English and Education. My educational training includes Orff, Kodaly, and Dalcroze methods, as well as Alexander Technique. As a singer and harpist I've performed around the United States and the UK, at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. I've worked alongside such professionals as John Williams, Stephen Spielberg, and several notable classical musicians.

Voice students can expect to learn healthy vocal techniques, including good breath support, air flow, and presentation. I encourage my students to find their unique vocal sound through an Alexander Technique inspired method of undoing and releasing negative habits so that the voice flows freely and naturally. This approach facilitates confidence, musicality, and is just plain fun!

I teach harp and piano students of all different ages. I've played the piano for over 20 years, and harp for over 10. I work with students to make music a part of their daily lives, even with minimal practice time! As I always say, 5 minutes of playing each day is better than 30 minutes one day.

I am a classically trained musician, but I also love folk music and musical theater. I look forward to sharing my love of music with you!


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9 Reviews
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This was a really nice lesson! She gave me practical exercises to do at home and taught me about the biology of singing. A+

Posted Mar 19, 2020
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I can not recommend Kathryn as both a voice and piano Instructor highly enough. She is an extremely down-to-earth and highly gifted instructor. She makes her students feel comfortable but will also challenge them to bring out the best in them. She has extensive knowledge of vocal repertoire as well as an efficient and fun approach to piano methods. Kathryn is also an active and professional vocalist which gives her an ability to guide students through auditioning processes, audition piece selection, and requirements for overall performance preparedness. Her background as a Celtic harpist and pianist also enables her to help singers approach their musicianship skills with the acumen of an instrumentalist; a truly important skill that will set you a part from other singers. Kathryn has specifically helped me work through issues with my vocal health. She has given me practical and tangible strategies to ensure that I develop a healthy vocal tone and maintain good vocal care habits. If you are looking for a teacher with a TON of experience, an unassuming demeanor, and the ability to help you reach YOUR unique musical goals and needs, Kathryn is just the instructor for you.

Posted Feb 15, 2020

Katy is an excellent musician, a very talented soprano soloist, and a skilled pianist and lever harpist. I have never studied with her but I have played harp with her numerous times. Her musicianship is flawless and she has a wonderful sense of humor so our time together is always enjoyable. I highly recommend her as a teacher and as a caring person.

Posted Feb 5, 2020
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Kathryn’s dedication to making sure I’m getting to practice not only what is necessary skills-wise, but also what interests me is invaluable. I really feel like she is genuinely interested in supporting me in my goal to play better. It’s also extremely helpful when she finds clever ways of explaining a new concept that I may not understand at first. Plus, I can tell she really knows what she’s talking about whenever I have a question. Highly recommend!

Posted Feb 4, 2020
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Great teacher--highly recommended

Posted Feb 4, 2020
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I have taken lessons with Kathryn for both operatic role preparation, and introductory piano lessons. She is extremely knowledgeable and has a warm, caring nature which makes working with and learning from her an approachable, encouraging, and fun experience. I cannot recommend Kathryn highly enough and sincerely believe that your choice to study with her is a worthwhile one.

Posted Feb 4, 2020
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Kathryn has a firm command of vocal production, and can teach in any style! She's eady to work with, and always goes the extra mile for her students. Highly recommended!

Posted Feb 4, 2020
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I’ve been studying with Kathryn since she first started her studio and she’s AMAZING. I’ve learned so much about my voice and myself - can’t recommend her enough!

Posted Feb 4, 2020
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My son enjoyed his lessons with Kathryn. She taught him at his pace where he enjoyed music. He enjoyed piano while he was with her.

Posted Feb 4, 2020

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Chorus Singer
Sep 2019 - Present

San Diego Opera

Staff Singer
Sep 2016 - Present

Pacific Chorale

Private Studio Teacher
Sep 2014 - Present

Private Music Studio

Private Studio Teacher
Sep 2016 - Mar 2019

Claremont Community School of Music

Staff Singer
Sep 2014 - Jun 2018

Long Beach Camerata Singers

Private Studio Teacher
Sep 2014 - Aug 2017

Joe Ferrante Music Academy


Vocal Performance
Sep 2016 - Jun 2018

UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Sep 2009 - Jun 2013

Luther College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Emerging Young Artist Award
Sep 2016

Long Beach Camerata Singers

First Place Talent Award
Apr 2014

Candlelight Pavilion


American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)
Sep 2019
The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) is the labor union that represents artists from numerous disciplines that create America's operatic, dance, and choral heritage. Whether our members are soloists, choral singers, actors, ballet dancers, or production staff, our union is a strong force in guaranteeing that our nation's artistic institutions adhere to fair labor practices, securing both gainful employment and quality of life for our artists.
UCLA Alumni
Jun 2018
With a connection to over 500,000 other alumni across the globe, we’re your channel for networking, giving back, engaging and pushing each other forward. With opportunity waiting around every corner, we can turn our potential into exponential growth together.

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