A bright, young, accomplished singer on the opera and concert stages, soprano Katherine Jolly has appeared in leading roles with Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Virginia Opera, Amarillo Opera, Piedmont Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland and others. In the concert arena Ms. Jolly, has performed recently as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, with the Evansville Philharmonic, the Richmond Symphony, and the Phoenix Symphony. She also was featured with the Phoenix Symphony in performances of Brundibar, Knoxville: Summer of 1915, with Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Carmina Burana, with Northwest Florida Symphony, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, with the Sacramento Choral Arts Society. In 2012 the soprano returned to the Sacramento Choral Arts Society, as the Soprano Soloist in the Fauré Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria. “Jolly’s voice enraptured the audience, as she sang the ethereal Domine Deus”, Sacramento Press.
Katherine made her debut with Houston Grand Opera in 2012, performing as part of their East/West Chamber Opera series, in a premier of New Arrivals. “Katherine Jolly, also making her HGO debut, employed tender and expressive soprano vocals to make her portrayal of Iris poignant and unforgettable”, Operaworld.com. She also made her debut with Virginia Opera, reprising Yum-Yum, in The Mikado, and was featured with the company as one of three sopranos in their Simply Sopranos Gala Fundraising Weekend, leading up to a recital by Renee Fleming. The soprano returned to New York City Opera in 2010 for performances as Laoula in L’Etoile following her performances of the Fairy Godmother in Cendrillon, in 2007. A winner of the 2006 Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals, the New York Times wrote "Katherine Jolly used her agile, bright lyric soprano to superb effect in showpieces from Mozart's Entführung aus dem Serail and Ariadne auf Naxos. Ms. Jolly returned to the Met in the spring of 2010 to workshop An Enchanted Island with the company, and was featured with City Opera’s VOX series for new operas, in Acquanetta, and Josephine, broadcast on NPR.
In addition to her Metropolitan Opera National Council Award, Ms. Jolly has been the recipient of other awards including a 2007 George London Finalist Honorable mention, a 2005 McAllister Career Grant. She received the National Association of Teachers of Singing Award for Outstanding Teacher/Performer from SongFest in 2016. Upcoming engagements in 2017 include Opera Tastings with Opera Theatre Saint Louis, SPEAK, with Chamber Project Saint Louis, and Bach’s Coffee Cantata with the Bach Society of St. Louis and the Sheldon Concert Hall.
Dr. Jolly received the Doctorate of Musical Arts, as well as the Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Saint Louis University, where she has received a Mellon Career Grant, and is a finalist for the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.