American soprano Katie Procell is an emerging artist who studied with Phyllis Bryn-Julson at Peabody Conservatory as a recipient of the Jacques T. Schlenger and Charles P. Sachs Conservatory Scholarships (MM 2018) and at James Madison University with Kevin McMillan where she co-founded its Gilbert and Sullivan Society (BM 2016).
Katie Procell has a love for the avant-garde and has performed Pierrot Lunaire, Toch’s Edgar and Emily, Messiaen’s Harawi, Berio Sequenza III, Kurtàg’s Attila Fragments, and even Walton’s Façade. She works closely with composer Peter Dayton and has premiered several of his works, including All in the Sound, If They Delight, and The Need of Comrades. She has trained at Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Halifax Summer Opera Festival, Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, and SongFest. She sung two world premieres in All in the Sound: American Songs by Peter Dayton.
Past opera credits include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro; Peabody); Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Opera Alchemy); Krysia (understudy, Out of Darkness: Two Remain, Baltimore Theatre Project); Celia (Iolanthe; Young Victorian Theatre Company); Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia; JMU); Valencienne (The Merry Widow; JMU); Phyllis (Iolanthe; Luray Opera Theater); Patience (Patience; JMU); Despina (Così fan tutte; Luray). Also, she performed Ginastera and Gabriela Lena Frank with the Bergamot Quartet.
In 2020, during the pandemic – the turbulent time for all artists – Katie did not stop performing. In Summer 2020 she sings in a virtual concert of songs and arias for soprano and piano (pianist Valerie Hsu). This is as a part of An die Musik’s virtual concert series. Program: music by Henry Purcell, Amy Beach, Schumann, Gilbert & Sullivan, among others.