CATHERINE K. BROWN is a voice teacher, performer, and blogger based in Downingtown (Chester County), Pennsylvania. As a teacher, she is passionate about the human voice and enjoys helping her students explore ways to express themselves more fully. Catherine holds a B.A. in music and German from St. Olaf College. She has completed extensive coursework in vocal pedagogy and child and adolescent voice.
As a private singing instructor, Catherine works with students of all ages and abilities. She particularly enjoys working with children and teens, and her young students have performed:
- with professional theaters (Walnut Street Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Fulton Theatre, Media Theatre, others)
- with community theaters (Forge Theatre, Barley Sheaf Players, Footlighters Theater)
- with summer theater programs (Upper Darby Summer Stage, West Chester Summer Stage, French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts)
- in lead (Henderson, Rustin, Bishop Shanahan, and Unionville High Schools; Great Valley, Peirce, and Springton Lake Middle Schools), supporting, and ensemble roles in their school theatrical productions
- in their own bands
Catherine maintains a thriving home studio and offers private voice lessons during the school year at Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. She has taught popular courses in singing and the speaking voice at Chester County Night School.
Deeply committed to professional development, Catherine is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Teachers National Association, the New York Singing Teachers' Association, and the Voice Foundation. She has attended vocal pedagogy seminars at Penn State University (Bel Canto - Can Belto), Eastman School of Music (Summer Institute on Vocal Pedagogy and Performance), Westminster Choir College (Seminar on Children's Voices), and the Voice Foundation (the annual Voice Symposium). In 2016, she attended an Estill Voice Training Course, Level One (Figures for Voice Control) and Level Two (Figure Combinations for Six Voice Qualities).
Catherine has appeared in opera and musical theater productions at the Academy of Vocal Arts, Barley Sheaf Players, Concert Operetta Theater, Dramateurs at the Barn, Forge Theatre, Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Chester County, Rowan University Opera, and the Savoy Company. She has performed the role of Lillian Galletta in Peter Boyer's Ellis Island: The Dream of America with the Chester County Pops Orchestra.
Since 2011, she has worked as a television background actor in New York City (ABC's Pan Am and NBC's 30 Rock) and Philadelphia (NBC's Do No Harm). She continues her own training through private study of singing, acting, and dance.
Before opening her voice studio in 2009, Catherine worked in public relations for seven years, holding positions at the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Academy of Vocal Arts, and Inglis Foundation. She also taught English and music in Germany on a Fulbright grant.