Katherine DeFiglio, soprano, is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Voice Pedagogy at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. Originally from Poughkeepsie, New York, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami.
Before moving to North Carolina, Ms. DeFiglio taught at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, Shenandoah Conservatory, PAVAN Governor’s School, and Dutchess Community College. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Voice Foundation.
In addition to teaching, Ms. DeFiglio has enjoyed performing a wide variety of roles and repertoire throughout the United States and Europe, ranging from Mozart’s Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflӧte to Guenevere in Camelot. In operetta, she has performed five of Gilbert & Sullivan’s leading soprano roles, as well as Bernstein’s coloratura role of Cunegonde in Candide. Ms. DeFiglio has done extensive concert work, appearing as a soprano soloist in works such as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.Her interest in acting technique for singers has led to research and study in the Michael Chekhov acting technique, and she has performed leading theatre roles such as Susy in Wait Until Dark and Hermia in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.