Katie Runkel

Starting young with her success, Katherine made her Los Angeles debut at the age of 17 while performing in the Los Angeles Spotlight Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. She was a Grand Prize Finalist earning 2nd place and full tuition to the Aspen Music Festival. The performance was broadcast on national television and hosted by celebrity, John Lithgow. 

Katherine is a Masters of Music Graduate from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University (2013). While at Peabody, Katherine had the privilege of studying with internationally known Baritone, William Sharp.   She is a Magna Cum Laude Graduate of Chapman University‚Äôs Conservatory of Music (2011) with a degree in Vocal Performance and a minor in Italian. While completing her undergraduate degree, she studied with soprano and Chair of the Vocal Department, Margaret Dehning. Katherine has had the privilege and pleasure of attending such prestigious summer programs as Aspen Music Festival, OperaWorks Emerging Artists Summer Program, The University of Miami Music Program in Salzburg, Austria, and Teaching Sopranos to Sing at Indiana University.  Katie made her European debut in Recital in 2010 at the Schloss Mirabell Concert Hall in the heart of Salzburg, Austria.  Katherine has been described as a versatile, strong actress and musician consistently commanding the stage with her genuine presence.

Katherine began her musical training studying under her own mother, soprano Lori Ascani. Katie began teaching, herself, in 2013 and maintains a private vocal studio. She also works as the Director of Music at Summit of Peace Lutheran Church, and the Music Retention Coordinator at University of Northern Colorado School of Music, advising and implementing curriculum for nearly 700 music students. Katie, alongside her husband David, and their two puppies reside in Brighton, Co.

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