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Meet Kate

Soprano, Kate Merryman serves as an Adjunct Professor of Voice (Musical Theatre & CMDI) at Ohio University and Otterbein University (Musical Theatre). She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Master of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy and a Singing Health Specialization Certificate. While a graduate student, she served as a graduate teaching assistant and was awarded the Margaret Speaks Vocal Scholarship Award. She studied with Dr. Scott McCoy (author of Your Voice: An Inside View). Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from George Mason University.

Originally from the Washington D.C. area, Kate has been labeled an “impressive singing-actress” by Broadway World Washington DC. Kate has performed various musical theater roles including Johanna (Sweeney Todd), Elle Woods (Legally Blonde), Cinderella (Into the Woods), over 60 performances of Cosette (Les Misérables), and Narrator (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) for which she was nominated for a Washington Area Theatre Community Honors Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical. She has also performed several operatic roles with Opera Columbus including the role of Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Elvira in #UncleJohn, and Pamina in The Magic Flute for Education Outreach. Other operatic roles performed are Lisette in La Rondine and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas. Concert work includes soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah at Bluffton University, Faure’s Requiem with St. Veronica Catholic Church Adult Choir, and guest soloist with the Lancaster Chorale.

Kate has taught voice for the last decade. She has an extensive background in vocal pedagogy with a focus on contemporary commercial music with styles in musical theater, pop, folk, rock, and Broadway jazz. She has completed several continuing education courses through the Shenandoah CCM Institute, as well as, attending the Boston Conservatory Vocal Professionals Workshop. She recently earned a Certificate in Modern Pedagogy through the Voice Study Centre. Additionally, she gave a presentation on vocal health at the National Trans Wellness Conference in 2018 and has taught several musical theater masterclasses in Central Ohio. Kate holds affiliations with the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

Education

Master of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy ​

  • The Ohio State University 

  • Studied with Dr. Scott McCoy (author of “Your Voice: An Inside View)

  • Singing Health Specialization Certificate

  • Martha Speaks Vocal Scholarship

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant 

  • Thesis “An Analyzed Matrix of Musical Theater Repertoire for Classical Female Voices”

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance

  • George Mason University

  • Studied with Dr. Kathryn Hearden

  • Phi Beta Kappa

  • Magna Cum Laude

Certificate in Modern Voice Pedagogy with Kerrie Obert, 2023

  • Voice Study Centre (Accredited by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David) 

Exploration of Mix Belt with Amanda Flynn, January 2024

  • Voice Study Centre 

Introduction to Voice Coaching for Trans & Gender Diverse People with Gillie Stoneham, October 2023

  • Voice Study Centre

Certificate of Completion Boston Conservatory Vocal Professional Pedagogy Workshop, 2022

  • Led by Kevin Wilson

Shenandoah Summer CCM Institute, 2021

  • Bridging Classical and CCM Training with Dr. Kathryn Green & Ed Reisert

  • The Fundamentals of Functional Traning with Dr. Matt Edwards

  • Training the Young Singer with Ed Reisert

Additional Education/Training

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Fun Facts

My favorite role I’ve performed so far IS_______________________________________

Johanna in Sweeney Todd

My hobbies outside of music are____________________________________________

Reading & Being a Dog & Plant Mom

Current life motto ____________________________________________________

The journey is what is important, not the destination
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