Kathryn Wright

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General Info


Professor of Voice
I bring enthusiasm and humor to the practical work of developing the vocal instrument, helping students understand and coordinate the mechanics of singing. My greatest satisfaction is when the student is excited at realizing new vocal potential.

Kathryn Wright joined the Conservatory in 2002 and is a professor of voice teaching voice and performance skills. She is also a professor of music at Berklee College of Music and, since 1996, has taught private voice lessons, pedagogy, and performance and musicianship skills, as well as English diction and composition for classical voice. 

Wright, a soprano, has performed 20th-century music and new works, collaborating with many American composers. She sang the title role in Henry Mollicone’s Starbird (Kennedy Center), performed entirely improvised music theater works with the New Music Theater Ensemble (Minneapolis) and has sung premieres in England, Scotland, the Czech Republic, and the United States, including at the avant-garde music theater venue La MaMa (New York City), to New York Times critical acclaim. She has performed leading roles with regional opera companies, including Minnesota Opera, Texas Opera Theater, and the Hollybush Festival. She has appeared with 65 orchestras in the United States and Canada, including the Atlanta, Dallas, San Jose, Syracuse, Buffalo, Utah, St. Louis, Seattle, North Carolina, Charlotte, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Denver, and National symphonies. With San Francisco Symphony, she performed Berg’s Lulu Suite, with Edo de Waart conducting.

Wright earned her B.Mus.Ed. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Music-Opera at Yale University, studying voice with Phyllis Curtin, and she completed two years of postgraduate opera training at Boston Conservatory, mentored by John Moriarty. She trained with renowned opera director Wesley Balk, and she was an apprentice (Central City and Santa Fe operas), Tanglewood fellow, second-place winner in the Metropolitan Opera Regionals and with Providence Opera, and the recipient of a Sullivan Foundation award. Her recordings are on Capstone, Juxtab Music, and Denouement records. She has taught numerous master classes at China Conservatory in Beijing.

Wright’s voice students have won or placed in national and international voice competitions, held opera apprenticeships, sung in American and European opera theaters, and signed with New York artist management.

Professional Awards and Recognitions

  • Faculty development grant to study foreign language at Boston Language Institute, Boston Conservatory (2016)
  • Introduction, "Legacy of Wesley Balk," presentation at Berklee Teachers on Teaching event (2016)
  • Master classes in acting techniques; adjudicator, Classical Singer Magazine National Convention (2015)
  • Faculty development grant, Boston Conservatory, and scholarship, Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute, to attend summer institute as apprentice director (2015)
  • Panelist, "Music with Words," Berklee College of Music symposium (2015)

Recent Engagements

  • Recording of song cycles by Jack Jarrett, released with the London Symphony, Denouement Records (2014)
  • Master classes at China Conservatory, Beijing (2006-2008, 2011-2012) 
  • Orchestral premiere of autumn too long, song cycle by Jack Jarrett, with South Dakota Symphony (2009)
  • Performance of One Blazing Glance, vocal chamber work by Beth Denisch, Greensboro, North Carolina (2009); premiere of work, Boston, (2007)
  • European premiere of One Blazing Glance by Beth Denisch (2008)