Kate Tombaugh

Friday, November 03, 7:30 PM

IVCC Cultural Centre

Women in Music

Kate Tombaugh, mezzo-soprano

Amy Beach Symphony in E minor, Op.32 'Gaelic'

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Born and raised in Streator, Illinois, mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh has been praised as “utterly convincing dramatically, and musically superlative” (Seen and Heard International, 2015). Her upcoming engagements include singing ‘Hansel’ in Stockton Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel, as well as her debuts with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra Seattle ensembles. Additionally, she will return as the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Streator Community Chorus next month (12/3).


Some of her career highlights include twice placing third in the Chicago Regional MONC Auditions, hosted by NYC’s Metropolitan Opera, and performing her Carnegie Hall debut, upon winning the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition.


Tombaugh’s portrayals include title roles in Rossini’s

La Cenerentola, Handel’s Ariodante, and Massenet’s Cinderella, ‘Annie Oakley’ in Irving Berlin’s Annie, Get your Gun, and ‘Mad Margaret’ in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore, among others. She has performed with Winter Opera St. Louis, Indianapolis Opera, and the Apollo Chorus, as well as the Utah Symphony, Paducah Symphony and Lexington Philharmonic. A fervent supporter of new works, she has sung various premieres by living composers.


Kate trained as a young artist in the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist program, as a Gerdine Artist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and as a Resident Artist with Utah Opera. Additionally, she was a Stern Fellow in the LA-based Songfest, and performed in the Opera Studio at AIMS in Graz, Austria.


She holds a masters degree in voice from University of Cincinnati’s College- Conservatory of Music (CCM), and dual undergraduate degrees in english literature and vocal performance from Illinois Wesleyan University. Kate is currently based in Murray, KY where her husband, Dr.Steven Weimer, is on the music faculty at Murray State University; they

have a one-year-old daughter. www.katetombaugh.com

Kate is the founder and Executive Director of a new area arts organization Poco a Poco which hosts a week-long summer training program for high school-aged vocalists every June, and offers various concerts open and free to the public throughout the week. www.pocoapoco.org