Kathy Kessler Price, soprano (M.M., Ph.D.), teaches graduate vocal pedagogy courses and applied voice, and directs the Presser Voice Laboratory at Westminster. She previously served as Voice Area Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Music at Mississippi State University and taught voice/vocal pedagogy and coordinated the School of Music Vocology Laboratory at The University of Kansas. She also worked as an intern in Clinical Voice Assessment at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. Price has taught voice and diction at William Jewell College in Missouri and at Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria Campus) where she was also the choral director. She has offered private voice instruction in Kansas City (Missouri), and in Vienna and McLean, Virginia, is a founding member of the Washington Vocal Consortium, and conducts the acclaimed D.C. women’s 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, and has sung and conducted at The White House. Most recently, she served as soloist and clinician at the Festival Internacional de Música de Campina Grande, Brazil, at Texas A & M University, Mississippi State University, and as guest artist for Florida’s ArtsAlive!, a program that provides resources for public school children to receive arts instruction. A frequent performer at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C., Dr. Price recently sang the title role in a concert version of Dvořak's Rusalka.
Her current research interests include lifespan female singing voices focusing on menopausal vocal transitions, aging voice, 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 Conferences (Newfoundland), The Voice Foundation Symposiums, 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, and she has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education and the NATS Journal of Singing.
Dr. Price was awarded a Research Fellowship at The University of Kansas and was one of two national 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.
She will direct the Voice Pedagogy Institute at Westminster Choir College of Rider University July 14 - 18, 2014.