Biography

Kathryn Summersett, soprano and historical performance specialist, is currently earning her Doctor of Music from the Historical Performance Institute at Indiana University. She received her MM from University of North Texas and her BM from University of Massachusetts. In 2013, she became a Certified McClosky Voice Technician (http://www.mcclosky.org/kathryn-summersett) in the summer of 2013 and is currently teaching in Bloomington.

In 2014, Kathryn sang for the modern premiere of Mexican Solo Cantata Murio por el pecado by Manuel de Sumuya. NPR broadcasted this performance nation wide to celebrate the 2014 Christmas season. 

Miss Summersett  has been a featured soloist at Boston Early Music Festival in 2009, 2011 and 2013 and in 2010 Kathryn performed by invitation at the University of Cordoba in Argentina.. In the 2014-15-season, Kathryn performed in the first American Bach soloist’s Academy, as well as the Berkley Early Music Festival for EMA's Young Performers Festival. She topped off this busy season by directing, and performing in, the Bloomington Early Music Festival.  

At UNT, Kathryn received the Adams/Nordstrom Early Music Award given to one student per year. In addition, while at UNT, she performed the role of Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte with the UNT opera. 

Kathryn was the first vocalist to receive a scholarship to attend the Lute Society of America conference in 2012. She solos regularly with groups such as Liber: Ensemble for Early Music, Fort Wayne Bach Collegium, Les Touches, Pro Arte: Saint Louis, Shakespeare's Ear, and Concentus Ensemble within the Jacob’s School of Music. I.U. roles include the Italian girl in J.B. Lully's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, fairy in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Venus in John Blow's Venus and Adonis, Humilitas in Hildegard von Bingen's Ordo Virtutum, and La Paix and La Sagessa in Lully’s Armide and Proserpine

In addition to her solo achievements, Kathryn has extensively participated in and constructed stage productions. In 2013 she directed and produced the Purcell Project: A Masque. In 2014 she staged and produced Musica Dolce for the Jacobs School of Music EMI and 2014 Bloomington Early Music Festival. In 2015 she directed Heaven Versus Earth: A Soul's Moral Predicament, for JSOM organ conference. In addition, Kathryn directed the Medieval opera Ordo Virtutum for both Indiana University's Concentus ensemble and the Midwest Medieval Musical Conference in Terre Haute, IN.