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Kathryn LaBOUFF


Posted By: Sarah Thorson Little (email)
Date: 4/22/2018 at 17:57:06

Kathryn LaBOUFF -- Born in Belmond, Wright, Iowa --- Julliard Faculty Member

Kathryn LaBouff has taught English Diction and English Vocal Literature at the Juilliard School of Music since 1986; the Manhattan School of Music since 1984; and the Curtis Institute of Music since 1998. She is the Assistant Chair of the Voice Faculty at the Manhattan School of Music. She has formerly taught at Yale University, Cornell University, Ithaca College, the Mannes College of Music, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. Her book, Singing and Communicating in English - A Singer's Guide to English Diction, was published by Oxford University Press in 2008. She is currently a diction coach on the staff of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera and the San Francisco Opera Merola program where she works on productions and gives masterclasses for their respective young artist programs. She was on the staff for Opera Theatre of St. Louis for six seasons. She has coached and prepared more than 300 opera productions in English. Other companies where she has coached productions are: the Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Glimmerglass Opera Company, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Aspen Music Festival.


Vocal Arts faculty member Kathryn LaBouff teaches English diction in the College Division and diction for singers in the Pre-College Division. She has been a faculty member since 1986 and a Pre-College faculty member since 2008. LaBouff is assistant chair of the Voice faculty at Manhattan School of Music, where she has been a faculty member since 1984. LaBouff has coached and prepared more than 300 opera productions in English. U.S. premieres she has worked on include Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy and John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby for the Metropolitan Opera; Nicholas Maw’s Sophie’s Choice and Scott Wheeler’s Democracy for Washington National Opera; Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree, and André Previn’s Brief Encounter for Houston Grand Opera; Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata for Houston Grand Opera and New York City Opera; Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole for Brooklyn Academy of Music/New York City Opera; Jonathan Dove’s Flight for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; and Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters for Gothman Chamber Opera. She is the author of Singing and Communicating in English: A Singer’s Guide to English Diction. She is a featured contributor to the Diction Coach guides for the G. Schirmer Opera Anthologies, a frequent coach for the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, and a board and faculty member for Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices. She was formerly a faculty member at the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Mannes College of Music, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. LaBouff, born in Belmond, Iowa, received her BM, MM, and DMA in voice performance from the University of Michigan.



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