Assistant Professor I
101 Walnut Lane, Princeton NJ 08540
Kathy Kessler Price, soprano (M.M., Ph.D.), has many years' experience as a voice teacher on the college/university level. She comes to Westminster Choir College from the positions of Voice Area Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Music at Mississippi State University. She previously taught as a lecturer at the University of Kansas in voice pedagogy, applied voice, and choral conducting, and helped coordinate the School of Music Vocology Laboratory. She also worked as an intern in Clinical Voice Assessment at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. Price taught voice and diction at William Jewell College in Missouri and applied voice, music appreciation, sight-singing, and directed the choral ensembles at Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria Campus). She also has offered private voice instruction in Kansas City (Missouri), and in Vienna and McLean, Virginia. She is a founding member of the Washington Vocal Consortium, and conducts the acclaimed D.C. ensemble, Philomela.
Dr. Price has performed as soloist in such distinguished venues as The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, and in a solo concert tour of the Czech Republic. Her operatic roles include "Mařenka" in Smetana's The Bartered Bride, "Miss Silverpeal" in Mozart's The Impresario, "Lucy" in Menotti's The Telephone, and the title roles in both The Merry Widow and Naughty Marietta. She has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras across the United States. For twelve seasons, Dr. Price performed with the Washington National Opera Chorus, the last six being under the artistic direction of Plácido Domingo. Recently, she appeared with the Amelia Island Chamber Singers as their soloist in A Night at the Opera, and as soloist with the Starkville Symphony (Mississippi) in Bach’s cantata BWV 51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen. A frequent performer at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C., in 2011 Dr. Price sang the title role in a concert version of Dvořak's Rusalka , and in 2012 performed a solo recital of Beloved Dvořak Arias there. She will serve as soloist and clinician in July 2012 at the Festival Internacional de Música de Campina Grande, Brazil.
Her current research interests include lifespan female singing voices focusing on menopausal vocal transitions, historical vocal pedagogy with particular emphasis on female pedagogues, the role of voice teachers in interdisciplinary voice habilitation and rehabilitation, and voice assessment procedures for colleges and universities. Refereed presentations to date include the International Physiology and Acoustics of Singing Conference (PAS 4), the Phenomenon of Singing International Conference (Newfoundland), The Voice Foundation Symposiums 2010-12, and National Association of Teachers of Singing Conventions, the Music Educators National Conferences, and the Southwestern and Southern Division Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. Dr. Price's article, "Emma Seiler: A Pioneering Woman in the Art and Science of Teaching Voice," was published in the September/October edition (Vol. 68, No. 1) of the Journal of Singing.
Dr. Price was awarded a Summer Research Fellowship at The University of Kansas, and was one of two recipients in 2010 of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Vocal Pedagogy Award. She is a member of such academic and professional organizations as Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, AGMA, NATS, and NAfME.