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Katy Shackleton Williams has performed extensively in the Pittsburgh area with prestigious organizations such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO), Pittsburgh Opera, Civic Light Opera, Quantum Theatre, the Mendelssohn Choir, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Concert Chorale and River City Brass Band. She has also had the frequent pleasure of singing with Maestro Larry Loh’s Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and in Syracuse, NY with Symphor!a. In addition, she has sung with Maestro Lucas Richman’s Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (TN) and with Bangor Symphony Orchestra (ME).

Katy was a featured soloist for the PSO Holiday Pops concert series, singing the Marvin Hamlisch original song “Take Me to Christmas Past.” She made her Pittsburgh Symphony debut in September 2005 with Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Nights Dream and has been a frequent guest artist ever since. She was the boy soprano voice in Howard Shore’s Heinz Hall performance of The Lord of the Rings. She has also performed with the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and has sung the National Anthem in Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium.

Katy was praised in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Best Classical Performances for her singing in Gustav Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony with the PSO. She has recorded Leonardo Balada’s Enceñas Borracones with New World Records and his La Muerte de Colón under the Naxos label.

Notable solo engagements include being the soloist for the Voices of the Spirit at The Peterson Events Center with the PSO and over 2,000 voices, singing the Star Spangled Banner for the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, performances of Honegger’s King David, Christopher Theofanidis’s, The Here and Now, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. John’s Passion and Cantatas 74, 51, 52 and 202, Dubois’s Seven Last Words of Christ, Barber’s Prayers of Kierkegaard, Holst’s Christmas Day, Archer, Brahms, Duruflé, Fauré, Mozart and Rutter Requiem, and Poulenc, Rutter and Vivaldi Gloria. She also had the honor of singing at the dedication of the Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent’s College with acclaimed songwriter/pianist Michael Moricz.

Operatic roles include ‘Margarita Xirgu’ in Osvaldo Golijov’s opera Ainadamar, The Wife in Nyman’s opera The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, ‘Adina’ in Elixir of Love, ‘Adele’ in Die Fledermaus, ‘First Mother’ in Dead Man Walking, ‘Love’ in Orfeo and Eurydice, ‘Barbarina’ in The Marriage of Figaro and ‘Sandmann’ and ‘Taumann‘ in Hansel und Gretel. She has sung under the baton of Manfred Honeck, Sir Andrew Davis, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Lucas Richman, Marvin Hamlisch, Robert Page, Lawrence Loh, and Daniel Meyer.

She made her musical theater debut in Jason Robert Brown's, Bridges of Madison County as 'Marge' in July of 2018 with Carnivale Theatrics.

Currently, Katy is the special guest vocalist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series, a chorister in Pittsburgh Opera and is adjunct music staff at Point Park University, Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College program and Washington and Jefferson College. She is the soprano soloist at Rodef Shalom, Oakland, and the vocal artist-in-residence at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mt. Lebanon, PA. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Vocal Performance.

 
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"Williams was stunning in stage presence and vocal range. Her register is fully embodied with magnificent timbre. Her interpretation of “Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus” was alive and rang true with great clarity. Williams also shined during Luigi Arditi’s “Il Bacio” and Franz Lehar’s “Meine Lippen, sie kussen so heiss” from Giuditta."
The Citizen’s Voice, Wilkes-Barre, PA - November 12, 2012 

 

"Rated #1! Music director Manfred Honeck has a predilection for Mahler that goes beyond the score, and his vision includes returning some of the style and substance of Mahler’s works for the time they were written. This concert brought this approach to Capital Symphony No.2, ”Resurrection,” staking out “uncommon dramatic territory for the symphony,” I wrote, such as having the strings play the second movement peasant waltz like a zither. Yet, it is the musicians who made this performance the touching affair that it was, including trumpeter George Vosburgh, trombone player Peter Sullivan, English horn player Harold Smoliar, soprano Katy Shackleton Williams and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Best Classical Performances of 2009" - December 17, 2009 

 

"…The beautifully sustained phrases of Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus” and ”Laudate Dominum”, featuring soprano Katy Shackleton Williams, perhaps the most versatile of Pittsburgh’s sopranos. Shackleton Williams continued her creamy phrasing and effortless control in the Requiem, Mozart."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - March 6, 2006

 

"The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in conjunction with a number of local artistic troupes and the magnificent voice of Katy Shackleton Williams certainly made the Philharmonic concert “Home for the Holidays” a memorable one."
The Citizens Voice, Wilkes-Barre, PA - December 5, 2005 

 

"Singer Katy Shackleton Williams commits a grand felony the way she steals the show in current concerts of the River City Brass Band. She does wonderful versions of five selections from Aaron Copeland’s “Old American Songs”. She also sings three George Gershwin, Tin Pan Alley songs, giving “my Cousin from Milwaukee” a great- and appropriate-humorous squawkiness."
Pittsburgh Tribune Review - November 8, 2005 

 

"Denis Colwell, music director, of the brass band, says the numbers |Shackleton Williams is performing are well suited to her. “They will show her in her best advantage,” he says of the 1993 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University who worked with him and the school’s wind ensemble when she was there. “I have talked to several people who call her the best soprano in this town right now."
Pittsburgh Tribune Review - December 3, 2004 

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