Praised by the Portland Press as “superbly cast” and “blue ribbon performance” soprano Katherine Parker joined the faculty at UNR in 2020. Prior to her work in Nevada, she concurrently held voice faculty positions at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Salem State University and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. An in demand guest artist and clinician she has presented masterclasses and workshops with institutions across the country, including National Association Teachers of Singing, Classical Singer Magazine, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown University, Boston Conservatory Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop, Massachusetts Music Educators Association, Reno Artown, and Nevada Music Educators Association. She was nominated by the UNR Paul and Judy Bible Teaching Award in 2021 for excellence in teaching.
A versatile musical theatre and classical performer, she has been fortunate to be on stages around the country. Most recently she was seen hosting the LinkUp! Carnegie Hall Series with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra. Some favorite credits include Miss Honey (Matilda,) Francesca (Bridges of Madison County,) Kate/Lilli (Kiss Me Kate,) and Claudia (Nine.) She has performed and/or premiered roles at Rochester Opera House, Rochester Performing Arts Center, Cambridge Chamber Ensemble, Odyssey Opera Boston, Boston New Opera/Music Theatre Initiative, International Clarinet Association, Reno Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, Reno Chamber Orchestra, NEO Voice Festival Los Angeles, and Dagbe Cultural Centre in Kopeyia, Ghana. She holds a MM in Vocal Pedagogy from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, K-12 teaching certification in IL and MA, and 200 RYS yoga certification. She is currently completing DMA in Voice at the University of Nevada Reno, ABD expected Spring 2025.
Her current and former students have performed at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Merola, Opera Seme, the National tours of Mrs. Doubtfire, Pretty Woman, and regional theatres across the United States. They have been finalists and winners at the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, Jimmy Awards, HGO Elenor McCollum Aria Competition, NATS Cal-West and National Competition, Classical Singer, and Hal Leonard Voice Competition.