Mezzo soprano Katherine Trimble holds a Bachelor in Music from Chapman University and a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance from San Jose State University. She is currently the student of Mezzo-soprano Susanne Menzter.
Katherine has recently portrayed the Witch/Mother in outreach performances of Hansel and Gretel and Lilas Pastia (Carmen) with Opera San Jose where she was noted by the San Jose Mercury News for her "agile" performance. Other operatic roles include Countess Ceprano (West Bay Opera), Ormindo (San Jose State), Public Opinion (San Jose State), Olga (Independent Opera Company), Zita (Chapman University), and Mum Herring (Chapman University). She has been the alto soloist in Mozart's and Durufle's Requiem as well as Saint-Saen's Christmas Oratorio. She has taken first place in competitions held by the SAI Music Fraternity, San Jose Woman's Club, and San Jose Study Club. Katherine was also honored to be the first recipient of the Irene Dalis Memorial Award from San Jose State University.
In the summer of 2016 Katherine participated in the first annual Opera San Jose Summer Program for Aspiring Artists which after two weeks of intense training culminated in a well received opera scenes program. She also studied at the Early Music Vancouver Baroque Vocal Programme 2015 under the guidance of baroque performance experts Ellen Hargis and Michael Jarvis.
She is the alto vocalist/soloist of Bay Area choir The New Choir under director of Eileen Chang, a group dedicated to high quality chamber choral performance. She toured with them to South Korea in the summer of 2015 to perform in Seoul, Busan, and Gwangju City. Katherine is also the alto soloist and member of The Kerry Voice Squad, a trio of classically trained female singers who perform for Kerry Irish Productions events. The Voice Squad is a main feature of KIP's national touring show "An Irish Christmas" which brings traditional Irish music and dance to audiences every holiday season across the United States. March 2017 marked the first performance of Kerry Irish Production's "St. Patrick's Day in Ireland" that the Voice Squad was featured in. Katherine looks forward to a 2018 tour of this show, along with being the featured soloist in a new project, "The Heart of an Irish Woman," set to premiere in February 2018.
Katherine is also pleased to be joining Chamber Music Silicon Valley's Young Artist Program roster for the 2017-18 season. She will be performing works by Respighi, Heggie, and Mozart with the other members, receive career and stage craft training with top artists in their field, and have the opportunity to present a solo recital in February 2018.
Photographer: Jessica Shirley-Donnelly