In demand as a clinician through the Pacific Northwest and the West Coast, Assistant Director Kathryn Lehmann has taught public school vocal music at the elementary and secondary levels in the Clover Park and Puyallup School districts in Washington. As a public school educator, she directed performing groups at Music Educator conventions at the state and regional levels in the Pacific Northwest, gaining a reputation for her expertise in developing the voice in a choral setting.
Kathryn is currently a member of the voice faculty at the University of Puget Sound. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where she also served on the faculty for three years. She was granted the Francis Robinson Award for performance and academic achievement at Westminster and performed actively as a soprano soloist, including singing operatic roles at the Spoleto Festival, Aspen Music Festival and the Bowdoin Festival. She was given the National American Teachers of Singing scholarship for advanced study in voice for recognition of her performances that were a part of the program at the Aspen Music Festival.
Most recently, Lehmann was the Director of Choral Activities at Pacific Lutheran University. She came to Washington following eleven years in Oregon, where she was the Director of Vocal and Choral Activities at Oregon State University and conducted the OSU Chamber Choir, Madrigal Singers, and the Opera Workshop. The OSU choirs performed nationally and internationally under Lehmann’s direction, and in 1996, she was given the Stewart Award for faculty development and excellence. Lehmann was also an associate professor on the faculty of the University of Oregon for two years where she directed the U of O Chamber Choir, taught music education classes and directed the Eugene Chamber Singers. She was a performer and lecturer for the Oregon Bach Festival while in Eugene studying choral conducting with Helmuth Rilling. She traveled to Stuttgart, Germany to continue her studies of the Choral music of Bach at the Internationale Bach Akademie.