Hailing from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, Katherine Rohwer is an active mezzo-soprano soloist and choral conductor. At the age of six, she began singing in church and community choirs and studied piano, voice, and drama. Katherine graduated summa cum laude from Western Michigan University with degrees in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance in 2009.
Performing nationally and abroad, her operatic roles include Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Meg Page (Falstaff), Mrs. Noye (Noye’s Fludde), and Mrs. Anderssen (A Little Night Music). She has been a soloist with the Theater Herblay Roger Barat in Herblay, France in their productions of Zanetto by Mascagni and Abu Hassan by von Weber. Solo work includes performances with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus. Katherine performed throughout Europe and Africa as a member of the World Youth Choir under the direction of conductors such as Peter Dijkstra, Gunnar Eriksson, and Bob Chilcott. She also represented the United States for the World Youth Choir’s 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony performance under the direction of Greta Pederson. Katherine has been a finalist in the Bach Young Artist Competition as well as a multi-winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition.
Currently, Katherine is the director of choirs for Lakeshore Public Schools, where she conducts four secondary school ensembles, heads the musical theater program, and instructs music theory. In addition, she has conducted the Collegium Musicum of Western Michigian University, the Lake Michigan College Concert Choir, and prepared choruses for the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra.
She is a founding member of the Three Divas of Southwest Michigan, a vocal trio who use their background in opera, musical theatre and jazz to entertain throughout the Southwest Michigan area.