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
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
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