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Katie Leemhuis began honing her craft as a child. Lucky for her parents, she was naturally drawn to music rather than blacksmithing or motorcycle jumping. During those early years, Katie sang in choirs when she wasn’t taking private piano, clarinet, and vocal lessons. Her persistence led her to the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and later to the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she acquired her Master of Music Degree.
During lessons, Katie works to instill confidence and stage presence while also guiding students towards fulfilling their own goals and developing healthy vocal techniques. These range from proper breathing to strong posture to how to yodel with a mouthful of Flintstone vitamins. Most importantly, she practices what she preaches by staying active in the world of opera, musical theater, and jazz. Opera News praised her “vocal beauty and musical sophistication” when portraying Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, and the Chicago Tribune noted how she “let fly some exciting singing as the pharaoh’s consort, Amaltea,” in Rossini’s Mose In Egitto.