Resume

KATHLEEN WESTFALL
Founder and Director of the 9th ward Opera Company in New Orleans, LA

 

EDUCATION

D. M. A., Vocal Performance and Pedagogy
The University of Southern Mississippi
2009 – May, 2012

M. M., Vocal Performance
Stony Brook University, State University of New York
2007 – 2008

B. A., Music, Voice, magna cum laude
University of New Orleans
2002 – 2006

ADDITIONAL STUDIES

Hunter College, City University of New York
Private Student of Dr. Susan Gonzalez, 2006 – 2007
(Enrolled through the National Student Exchange Program, Spring 2006)

Nicholls State University, Louisiana
Private Student of Dr. Charlotte Pipes, 2005 – 2005
(Transfer student due to Hurricane Katrina, Fall 2005)

New Orleans Center for Creative and Performing Arts (NOCCA)
Student of Musical Theatre
Main Teacher- Blake Coheley 2001 – 2002

PRINCIPAL VOICE TEACHERS

Dr. J. Taylor Hightower, The University of Southern Mississippi
Dr. Raquel Cortina, University of New Orleans
Ms. Alissa Grimaldi, Stony Brook University
Dr. Timothy Long, Stony Brook University, Vocal Coach
Ms. Phyllis Treigle, University of New Orleans
Dr. Susan Gonzalez, Hunter College, CUNY

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Private Studio in Nashville (current location), New Orleans, Brooklyn, Long Island, and Mississippi

Studio Voice   2009 – present

Studio Voice

  • Teach private lessons to singers of various ages, backgrounds, and musical styles including classical, musical theater, jazz, country, rock, gospel, R&B, folk, and pop.

The University of New Orleans

Adjunct Professor of Voice  2012 – 2013

MUS 1501-4501 Applied Voice

  • Taught private voice lessons to undergraduate music minors and non-music majors.
  • Assisted students in recital preparation, evaluated semester juries, and coordinated periodic studio classes.

MUS 4001 Italian Diction Undergraduate  Spring, 2013

MUS 4001G Italian Diction Graduate  Spring, 2013

Talented Arts Program of St. Tammany Parish – Full Time Music Faculty Member

Talented Music Teacher  January 2014-May 2014

Talented Music

  • Teach general music history, music theory, musicianship, keyboard, and performance techniques to 3rd-12th graders (all instruments and vocalists)
  • Prepare students for performances, organize, and produce performances

Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts

Studio Voice Faculty Member   Summer 2008 and again 2011- August 2012

Studio Voice

  • Teach private lesson to singers of various ages, backgrounds, and musical styles including classical, musical theater, jazz, country, and pop and prepare them for concerts, recitals, and auditions.

The University of Southern Mississippi

Graduate Teaching Assistant in Voice   2009 – 2011

MUP 161, Applied Voice

MUP 261, Applied Voice

  • Taught private voice lessons to undergraduate music minors and non-music majors.
  • 12-15 students per semester
  • Assisted students in recital preparation, evaluated semester juries, and coordinated periodic studio classes.

Stony Brook University

Graduate Teaching Assistant   2007 – 2008

MUS 161, Applied Voice

Studio and Chamber Voice

Music 119, Elements of Music

Instructor

  • Taught music theory for the non-music major.
  • 30+ students per semester

Stony Brook University

Pre-College Program Faculty Member   2007 – 2008

Classical Voice Instructor

Studio Voice/Instructor

  • Taught private voice, opera workshop, opera theater stage direction, group coaching, diction for the singer, movement for the singer, acting for the singer, sight-singing, basic music theory, opera history overview, vocal literature, and audition preparation.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten music teacher   August 2012-2013

  • Teach music classes which include singing and moving to songs and rhythmic rhymes in a variety of meters and tonalities in preparation for holiday performances.

Music Together

Group Music for the Family   2006 – present

Music Together New Orleans

Music Together of Hudson County, New Jersey

Music Together of Bayside, New York

  • Teach family music classes which include singing and moving to songs and rhythmic rhymes in a variety of meters and tonalities, and participation in activities that include small and large movement, instrument play-alongs and community singing.

 

DIRECTOR OF THE 9TH WARD OPERA CO. 

see 9thwardoperacompany.com  

MEMBERSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND HONORS

NATS Member Member Number 77600 2011 – present
CMS Member 2011 – present

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

Operatic Roles

An EmbarrassingPosition by Dan Shore June Jenkins The 9th Ward Opera Company 2013
La serva padrona Serpina The 9th Ward Opera Company 2013
La bohème Mimi Southern Opera and Musical Theater Company 2010
I Pagliacci Nedda Southern Opera and Musical Theater Company 2009
A Hand of Bridge Geraldine Southern Opera and Musical Theater Company 2009
I Capuleti e i Montecchi Giulietta Stony Brook Opera 2007
Dido and Aeneas Second Woman Stony Brook Opera 2008
Così fan tutti Despina Brooklyn Repertory Opera Co. 2007
The Sistersby Nicholas Flagello Marianna Hunter College Opera,                 City University of New York 2007
A.F.R.A.I.Dby Susan Stoderl Constance Purity Brooklyn Repertory Opera Co. 2006
Susannah Mrs. Gleaton New York City Opera Project 2007
The Ballad of Baby Doe Kate U. of New Orleans Opera 2004
Gianni Schicchi Nella U. of New Orleans Opera 2003

Operatic Scenes

La Traviata Chorus Renée Fleming Concert, Jackson 2010
Rigoletto Gilda U. of New Orleans Opera 2009
Manon Manon Crittenden Opera Studio, Boston 2007
Idomeneo Ilia Crittenden Opera Studio, Boston 2007
The Merry Wives of       Windsor Alice Ford Crittenden Opera Studio, Boston 2007
The Rake’s Progress Bedlam Inmate Crittendon Opera Workshop 2007
Così fan tutti Despina Hunter College Opera 2006
Die Fledermaus Chorus U. of New Orleans Opera 2005
Le Nozze di Figaro Barbarina Stony Brook University Opera 2004
Manon Nun Stony Brook University Opera 2004
The Mikado Chorus U. of New Orleans Opera 2004

  

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

Concerts and Recitals

Guest soloist at the American Harp Society National Conference     The Roosevelt 2014
9th Ward Opera Co. in Concert The University of New Orleans 2014
 
Guest Artist at a Nashville Jazz Workshop Performance The Nashville Jazz Workshop 2014
Houston Achievement Place Fundraiser Soloist Houston 2014
Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Scarlatti’s Lamentations soloist Marigny Opera House 2014
Monteverdi’s Vespers soloist Marigny Opera House 2013
Excerpts from Purcell Operas Marigny Opera House 2013
Vibes and Voice – Recital withJames Westfall Marigny Opera House and Trinity Episcopal, New Orleans 2013
Liebeslieder Walzer op.52(Brahms) -9th Ward Opera Co. Marigny Opera House andAllways Lounge Theater 2012
Member Artist Recital- NATSSouthern Region Conference Louisiana State University 2012
Shepherd on the Rock Trinity Episcopal, New Orleans 2012
Jazz Vespers – “Creole Love Call”by  Duke Ellington Trinity Episcopal, New Orleans 2012
Premier performance-“Dream Songs”-  Rex Gregory The Blue Nile, New Orleans 2011
Hurricane Irene FloodRelief Concert Trinity Episcopal of New Orleans 2011
William T. GowerConcerto Performance The University of Southern Mississippi 2011
Doctoral Lecture Recital The University of Southern Mississippi 2011
Doctoral Chamber Recital The University of Southern Mississippi               2010
Doctoral Solo Recital The University of Southern Mississippi              2010
Solo Recital St. John’s Artist Series, Thibodaux 2009
Master’s Recital Stony Brook University 2008
Senior Recital University of New Orleans 2006
A Night of Song Nicholls State University, Thibodaux 2006
Solo Recital Trinity Artist Series, New Orleans 2005
Junior Recital University of New Orleans 2005
Sechs Nocturnos (Mozart) Stony Brook University 2004
Messiah – full Orchestra – Soloist Stony Brook University 2004

Acting/Musical Theater

Ray (motion picture) Fan/ Dancer Universal Studios 2004
As You Like It Hymen/ Dancer University of New Orleans Theater 2005
Mademoiselle Blackwellby Susan Chenet La Normandy University of New Orleans Theater 2004
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Helena University of New Orleans Theater 2004
The Vagina Monologues Woman #1 University of New Orleans Theater 2003
Hello Dolly Mrs.Rose/Waitress Le Petit Theater &The Thibodaux Playhouse 2002
Anything Goes Captain/Chorus NOCCA 2002

CHURCH MUSIC EXPERIENCE

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Easthampton, NY                                                        2007 – 2008

Soloist and choir member for Sunday morning worship services and Saturday evening Vespers

Trinity Episcopal Church and various churches in New Orleans, LA

Soloist for worship services, weddings, and funerals                                                       2004 – present

 

LANGUAGE STUDIES

Italian, French, and German Dictionwith Dr. Timothy Long Stony Brook University 2007- 2008
Moderate skill with French, Spanish,German and Italian languages. Two semesters of formal studyin each language. 2003-2008

 

ACTING/MOVEMENT STUDIES

Acting I, Acting II, and Stage Movementfor the Actor University of New Orleans 2002-2003
Advanced Studies of Modern Theater University of New Orleans 2003
 DANCE
Modern Dance 101 Stony Brook University 2008
Workshop in Renaissance Dance Stony Brook University 2008
Dance Student- Ballet, Jazz, Modern NOCCA 2001-2002
Dance Student- Ballet, Jazz, Modern Battaglia School of Dance 1990-2002

 

VOCAL PEDAGOGY STUDIES

Vocal pedagogy dissertation topic The University of Southern Mississippi 2011-2012
Advanced Vocal Pedagogy II & III The University of Southern Mississippi 2008-2009
Vocal Pedagogy I Nicholls State University 2005

References available upon request