Kingston Ontario soprano, Kathryn Rose Johnston, has finished her second year of the Bachelor of Music program in Voice Performance at the University of Toronto, studying with Professor Darryl Edwards.
Notable performances include a masterclass with Karen Cargill, performing a Canada 150 concert at the Canadian Music Centre, performing at two COSI (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy) fundraisers at George’s Restaurant and performing in several concerts with the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. She performed in the University of Toronto Women’s Chamber Choir and is now singing with the McMillan Singers, both directed by Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt. This March she travelled to New York with the McMillan Singers to perform at Lincoln Centre.
Kathryn sang with the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston for 6 years with conductor Dr. Mark Sirett and worked with many guest conductors including Rollo Dilworth and Jonathan Wilcox. In 2014, she sang with the Heritage Festival of Gold Honors Choir in Washington D.C., with directors Sigrid Johnson and Edith Copley.
Her awards, workshops and accolades are many, including the Moir Prize for Voice and the Moir Voice Award at the Kingston Kiwanis Music Festival in 2016, Grade 8 Voice RCM, Advanced Rudiments RCM, Award and the Sear’s Festival Award of Merit for Acting. She participated in the Theatre Performance Intensive at the Stratford Festival and participated in a Canadian Opera Company workshop with Aria Umezawa.
Kathryn is an avid performer of both musical theatre and operetta. Her highlights include Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (RND Drama), Pitti-Sing in The Mikado (Orchestra Kingston), Rose Maybud in Ruddigore (COSI Connection) and Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables (Kingston Meistersingers).