Kate Saik DeLugan is a cross-genre vocalist who holds a master of music from the Manhattan School of Music and a bachelor of music from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she focused on classical music and opera performance. As a student, Kate performed with the Manhattan School of Music Contemporary Opera Ensemble, the Discover Opera outreach program, multiple chamber ensembles and as a concert soloist; including Poulenc’s Gloria at Saint John the Divine Cathedral with Maestro Philippe Entremont. Additionally, she was the second place winner in the Alan and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition and first place winner in the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition. This led to her performing and recording Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 under the baton of George Manahan.
Since returning to the Pioneer Valley, Kate has been active in local and regional performing arts. She has appeared in several operas, including La bohème (Mimi), Pagliacci (Nedda), Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola), Idomeneo (Idamante), Le Nozze di Figaro (Countess), Windows (Con Man) and Die Walküre (Siegrune). She was one of the artists who premiered a new song cycle, Unsaid Prayers, by Nico Gutierrez and has appeared as a concert soloist with the Windham Philharmonic, the Farmington Valley Symphony, Smith College, Panopera, the Keene Chorale, Bennington College and the South Hadley Chorale.
In addition to performing, Kate has been active in recent years as a stage director, administrator and producer for schools and local arts organizations. Her work in the community includes directing musicals, serving on the boards of local theatre companies, and producing concerts and events that offer opportunities for professional singers in the region.
Kate is a dedicated voice teacher who enjoys working with students at all experience levels in any style or genre. As a member of the National Organization for Teachers of Singing, her students have opportunities to participate in regional and national competitions from which they gain valuable feedback from other professionals in the field. Her teaching style is positive, affirmative and student-centered with the purpose of facilitating each individual’s artistic goals.
Examples of Kate’s work as a performer can be found on her website.