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KATHERINE SOROKA

Mezzo Soprano

Hailed as “masterful” with “heartfelt vocalism” (Pittsburgh Post Gazette), Mezzo-soprano Katherine "Kathy" Soroka in her world premiere performance of David Stock’s "Songs of Solomon" with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble was acclaimed for “finding both lush lines and dramatic intensity… commanding the stage”. (TribLive)  An accomplished pianist, seasoned actress and gifted comedian, Katherine creates characters and interpretations that are brimming with life, pathos and humor. ​   

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We are never too old to be young and enlightened - and living life to the fullest. I am committed to doing just that. This is a portal to my journey musically and artistically as a singer/actress, voice teacher/collaborative pianist, and arts administrator with the intent that it opens doors to new collaborative possibilities and perhaps may inspire you to explore your creative potentials and pursue your path of self expression. Here's TO LIFE!

BIO

Singer, Actress, Pianist, Voice Teacher and Arts Administrator

Katherine “Kathy” Soroka has had a double career both onstage and backstage in the performing arts. Her first career was “backstage” managing concerts and directing programs in some of the country’s major arts organizations, including the New York Philharmonic, Grand Teton Music Festival and Manhattan School of Music.  

In her "encore" career as a singer/acress, Katherine won the Pittsburgh Concert Society Auditions and has been performing in the greater Pittsburgh region in recital, chamber music, contemporary music, opera, musical theatre and cabaret. She has been celebrated for connecting with audiences as a singer-actress and creating characters and song interpretations that are brimming with life, pathos and humor.

As a voice teacher and collaborative pianist, both in her position for five years as vocal instructor and collaborative pianist at Mercyhurst University and in her private voice studio in Pittsburgh, Foxburg, and online, it has been her great pleasure to work with singers as they find and express their SOUL SONG - as performers, music educators, and music therapists.  

As a Board member of Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts, Katherine manages Artistic Planning, Marketing, Publicity, Development and Education. She resides with her husband and their Hungarian Vizsla, Plato, on their farm near Foxburg, PA.​

CHARACTERS & INTERPRETATIONS
Brimming with Life,
Pathos and Humor...

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RECENT CONCERTS

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November 6, 2022

Final curtain call for Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts 16th Anniversary Concert with Monique Mead, Walter Morales and Robert Frankenberry in Lincoln Hall in Foxburg, PA.     Photo credit - John M. Karian

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March 16, 2022

Mercyhurst University Faculty Recital with pianist and tenor Robert Frankenberry, Walker Recital Hall, Erie, PA 

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March 11, 2020

Mercyhurst University Faculty Recital with pianist Nathan Carterette, Walker Recital Hall, Erie, PA

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October 19, 2019

Singing the "Lamentation" from Leonard Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, Walter Morales, Music Director  at the Katz Performing Arts Center, Pittsburgh, PA 

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September 15, 2019

David Stock's  "Three Yiddish Songs" with a string quartet of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra members for the debut concert of "If Music Be the Food" concert series at Temple Sinai in Pittsburgh, PA

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Mercyhurst University Faculty Recital with pianist Nathan Carterette, Walker Recital Hall, Erie, PA

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Klytemnaestra in Richard Strauss' Elektra with the Chatham Concert Opera, conductor Walter Morales at the piano - at Chatham University, Pittsburgh

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March 10, 2018

Singing Gustav Mahler's Songs of the Wayfarer with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, Walter Morales, Music Director  at the Katz Performing Arts Center, Pittsburgh, PA 

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March 3, 2017

Program of Gustav Mahler Songs -  Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Das Knaben Wunderhorn and Rückert Lieder  - with pianist Nathan Carterette for First Fridays at Redeemer in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh.

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July 8 - 9, 2016

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble world premier of David Stock's "Three Yiddish Songs" at City Theatre, Pittsburgh with Nanette Kaplan Solomon at the piano. Acclaimed for “finding both lush lines and dramatic intensity… commanding the stage”. (TribLive)

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