Katherine Eberle, mezzo-soprano
Katherine Eberle’s career as a mezzo-soprano includes a wide array of professional engagements in art song, chamber music, opera, and oratorio. She made her New York debut at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall in 1994. Additionally, she has given over one hundred solo recitals as a guest artist in eighteen U.S. states and in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, England, Ireland, Korea, Peru, Russia, St. John and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Trinidad, and Tobago. She served as an Artistic Ambassador for the United States State Department in 1994 and 1995.
Concert credits include solo performances with the symphonies of Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw, and Atlanta, Macon, Rome, and Valdosta and over 100 other choral, chamber groups, and orchestral organizations. In opera, some favorite roles she portrayed include: Julia Child in "Bon Appetit," Joan of Arc in "Jehanne de Lorraine," Hansel in "Hansel and Gretel," Mrs. Herring in "Albert Herring," Dame Quickly in "Falstaff," and the Mother in "Amahl and the Night Visitors" among others.
A specialist in music by women composers, Eberle recorded “From a Woman’s Perspective” (Vienna Modern Masters) in which American Record Guide wrote: “she sings very well indeed, and with what sounds like a magisterial alto.” “In this Moment” (Albany Records) highlights Americans while the CD of Greek composer, Katerina Stamatelos includes: “Nanarisma” and “Oracle” (Sxisma Records). Eberle’s DVD, “Pauline Viardot: Singer, Composer, Forgotten Muse” in which she portrays the operatic diva, is available through www.amazon.com. Her performance of “Natural Language” can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AmhygSGqTk.
Ms. Eberle’s competitions and vocal awards include honors from the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Atlanta Pro-Mozart Society, and the University of Michigan. At the University of Georgia, she was awarded a Lilly Fellowship and a Sarah Moss Grant for her research of opera and art song. In 2003, she was awarded the 13th Annual Van Lawrence Fellowship Award, given by The Voice Foundation for "demonstrated excellence in teaching of singing and interest in voice science and pedagogy." Three times she was selected as a “First-Year Student Champion” at the University of Iowa for “making a positive difference in their lives during their time at the UI”. She was selected as an Obermann Fellow at the University of Iowa in 2004 and 2012 for her research.
Eberle earned degrees from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory (BME), The University of Cincinnati (MM), and The University of Michigan (DMA), where she studied under Beverly Rinaldi and Lorna Haywood. Her academic expertise led to invitations to serve as guest voice instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ohio (1997), and at Chennam University in Kwangju, Korea (1995). She retired as a Professor at The University of Iowa in 2019, where she chaired the School of Music Voice Area for seven years. Previously she taught at The University of Georgia School of Music for five years, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts (Summer Institute) for seven years. She currently teaches in Iowa City through West Music.