Kathryn LaBouff

College Division

College Division: 

  • English Diction, Vocal Arts

Pre-College Division

Pre-College Division: 

  • Diction for Singers

Contact Information

Contact Information

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Born in Belmond, IA

Faculty member, Manhattan School of Music, since 1984 (current assistant chair of Voice faculty). Coached and prepared more than 300 opera productions in English. U.S. premieres 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.

Author of Singing and Communicating in English: A Singer’s Guide to English Diction, which is used by professionals and music schools throughout the English-speaking world. Featured contributor to the Diction Coach guides for the G. Schirmer Opera Anthologies. Frequent coach for the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera. Board and faculty member for Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices. Former faculty member: The Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Mannes College of Music, and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Degrees and Studies

B.M., M.M., D.M.A: University of Michigan, voice performance. Voice studies with Eva Likova, Helen Hodam, and Doris Yarick-Cross. Attendance Certificate: Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia, Rome, Italy. Role study with Maestro Luigi Ricci, Rome, Italy. Tito Gobbi Opera Workshop, Fiesole, Italy.

The Juilliard School

Faculty since 1986; Pre-College since 2008.