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Katy Shackleton Williams Katy Shackleton Williams moved back to Pittsburgh, PA in 2001. She has sung leading roles in many operatic productions that include ‘Adele’ in Die Fledermaus, ‘First Mother’ in Dead Man Walking, ‘Love’ in Orfeo and Eurydice and ‘Barbarina’ in The Marriage of Figaro. She has appeared as chorus in tour and main stage productions of Der Fliegender Hollander, Carmen, Dead Man Walking, Faust, Fidelio, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze de Figaro, Madame Butterfly, The Crucible, Street Scene, Cinderella and trouble in Tahiti. Solo engagements include Vaughn-Williams Dona Nobis Pacem, Rutter, Mozart and Brahms Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. John’s Passion, Bach’s cantatas #74, 51 and 202, Dubois Seven Last Words of Christ, Barber’s Prayers of Kirkegaard, Holst’s Christmas Day, and Vivaldi, Poulenc and Rutter’s Gloria. She has recorded Leonardo Balada’s Encenas Borracones with New World Records and his La Muerte de Colon under the Naxos label. She was the winner of the Carnegie Mellon University concerto competition, where she performed Milhaud’s Chansons de Ronsard at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Hall. Behind the scenes, she has been Artistic Director of an amateur opera group in South Carolina, choir director for children’s choirs at Christ Methodist church, Bethel Park and Third Presbyterian Church, Shadyside. She is also co-chairing the cultural arts program at Hoover Elementary School. Ms. Williams was a featured soloist for the Symphony Pops concert 2002 singing a Marvin Hamlisch original song, Take me to Christmas Past. She also toured as a featured soloist with the River City Brass Band for their Holiday Pops concert 2004. She was the boy soprano voice in Howard Shore’s Heinz Hall performance of The Lord of the Rings concert. She has performed in the Spoleto festival in Charleston, SC and sang the National Anthem at Three Rivers Stadium. Currently, Ms. Williams is teaching pre-school music at the Jewish Community Center in South Hills and Beth-el Congregation. She is a core soprano in the Mendelssohn Choir and chorister in Pittsburgh Opera. She is the soprano soloist at Rodef Shalom, Oakland and Third Presbyterian Church, Shadyside. Ms. Williams is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with honors with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance. She resides in Mt. Lebanon, PA with her husband and two children.
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