Kathleen Roland-Silverstein is a highly regarded scholar and concert soloist, well known for her performance of contemporary art music, and for her contribution to scholarly research on Scandinavian song. She has been a featured singer with many music festivals, including the Tanglewood and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals, and has sung in Germany, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Cambodia, Vietnam and throughout the United States. The soprano has appeared with orchestras and ensembles world-wide, in venues ranging from the Hollywood Bowl, Disney Hall, and the San Francisco Opera, to the American Scandinavian House in NYC and the Hanoi Opera House in Vietnam. Her highly effective teaching can be seen in the many students with whom she has worked who currently enjoy careers as singers and educators. She has been a frequent master class clinician for university music programs and young artist programs, including the University of Southern California, the Manhattan School of Music, Tanglewood, Songfest, the Musikhögskolan in Stockholm, and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
Dr. Roland was a senior Fulbright scholar to Sweden in 2009, and is the recipient of two grants from the American Scandinavian Foundation, She is the author of Romanser: 25 Swedish Songs with Guide to Lyric Diction (Gehrmans Musikförlag, 2013.) Her current project is a performance guide to the songs of Jean Sibelius, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2024. Dr. Roland serves on two peer-reviewed journals in the field of voice and opera, as music reviewer for the Journal of Singing, the official journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and as assistant editor of the Opera Journal, for the National Opera.