Colorado Christian University
Katherine Runkel

Katherine Runkel

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Degrees and Experience
  • MM, Vocal Performance (Peabody Institute - Johns Hopkins University )
  • BM, Vocal Performance (Chapman University)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Katherine made her European debut in recital in 2010 at the Schloss Mirabell Concert Hall in the heart of Salzburg, Austria. Katherine has been described as a versatile, strong actress and musician consistently commanding the stage with her genuine presence. Not only has she been hailed as a strong performer, but also as a promising director with a clear theatrical vision.

Katherine had the privilege of directing a production for The Peabody Conservatory's Angels and Lines. She was also selected as Assistant Director for the Main Stage production of the 2012-2013 season, Lakme. Katherine worked side by side with highly experienced Andrew Chown to create a beautiful and vivid show. Recently, she portrayed the role of Miranda in Douglas Buchanan’s new Opera Ariel’s Tempest throughout the Baltimore and D.C. area. This production was part of The Peabody Conservatory's Opera Outreach program. During her stay as a Master's student at The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, Katherine collaborated with Ethan Braun to mold the character of Giulia in his new opera Don Cesarino, which was premiered in Peabody Opera's Etude Program.

She has performed principle roles in Opera Chapman’s 25th Anniversary Opera Gala, performing in the same production as international artists Carol Neblett and Milena Kitic. Katherine gave an engaging performance of Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus and a gripping performance of Violetta in La Traviata.. In years past she has performed countless scenes from Thaïs, La Rondine, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Orpheus in the Underworld, and Die Fledermaus. She was also pleased to perform the role of Miss Sweetsong in The Impresario.

Starting young with her success, Katherine made her Los Angeles debut at the age of 17 while performing in the Los Angeles Spotlight Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. She was a Grand Prize Finalist earning 2nd place and full tuition to the Aspen Music Festival. The performance was broadcast on national television and hosted by celebrity, John Lithgow.

Katherine is a Masters of Music Graduate from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. While at Peabody, Katherine had the privilege of studying with internationally known baritone, William Sharp. She is a Magna Cum Laude Graduate of Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music with a degree in Vocal Performance and a minor in Italian. While completing her undergraduate degree, she studied with soprano and Chair of the Vocal Department, Margaret Dehning.

Katherine has had the privilege and pleasure of attending such prestigious summer programs as Aspen Music Festival, OperaWorks Emerging Artists Summer Program, The University of Miami Music Program in Salzburg, Austria, and Teaching Sopranos to Sing at Indiana University.

Katherine began her musical training studying under her own mother, soprano Lori Ascani.

Katherine loves every style of music from opera to praise team worship. Her musical education and experience singing in different formats helps her lead groups as diverse as the adult choir to the contemporary quartet. Katie is passionate about servicing the Lord's people through the gift of song. She especially enjoys worshipping in song with her husband, David, who works for Southwest Airlines. They're family includes two beautiful pups, Zander and Parker.