B i o g r a p h y
Katherine Saik is a cross-genre vocalist and teacher who currently serves as a Core Lecturer of Music on the faculty of Smith College. She holds a Bachelor of Music from UMass Amherst, and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music where she focused on classical music and opera performance.
While a graduate student, Katherine performed with the Manhattan School of Music Contemporary Opera Ensemble, and the Discover Opera outreach program which brought opera and cabaret to schools in greater Manhattan. She also performed with multiple chamber ensembles and as a concert soloist including Poulenc’s Gloria at Saint John the Divine Cathedral with Philippe Entremont conducting. 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, Katherine has been active in local and regional performing arts. She has appeared in several operas, including the title role in Suor Angelica, La bohème (Mimi), Pagliacci (Nedda), Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola), Idomeneo (Idamante), Le Nozze di Figaro (Countess) and Windows (Con Man). She 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, Katherine has been active in recent years as a stage director, administrator and producer for schools and local arts organizations. She directed several musicals and ensembles for Hatfield Public Schools, served on the board of the Valley Light Opera, stage directed Sweeney Todd for Panopera at the Academy of Music, and produced two virtual concerts (Rhapsody and American Arias) over the pandemic.