For the past two decades, Kathleen has worked closely with singers across a range of genres- from classical to musical theatre and cabaret to pop. She has a catalogue of fifty original songs, and has performed hundreds of art song in venues from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to concert halls and colleges across the United States and in Europe and South Africa. She has been on the faculty of SongFest at Colburn since 2014.


She recorded the CD Connection: 3 Song Cycles of Jake Heggie with soprano Regina Zona, with whom she appears frequently in recital, for the NAXOS American Classics label. Her recording with Devon Guthrie and Theo Hoffman of music by Ben Moore was recorded for SongFest’s 20th anniversary CD of commissioned works (2016). She recorded the CD Soul of Fire (2012) of songs from Spain and Latin America which received a South African Music Awards (SAMA) nomination for best classical/instrumental album- featuring her work as pianist, arranger and producer. She recorded the music of Tom Kitt with cellist Peter Sachon for the Broadway Lullaby Project (2012) and is heard on a track of the South African band Mikanic’s album, The Subway Tracks.


She has been on the faculty of SongFest at Colburn since 2014, working with young artists on a wide array of repertoire from Schubert to world premieres by Los Angeles composers. In addition to coaching participant singers and pianists, performances at SongFest include the distinguished alumni recital with Devon Guthrie and Sam Schultz (upcoming) and a world premiere by Laura Karpman with Janai Brugger.


Kathleen curated and directed programs celebrating living composers in Los Angeles (LA NOW!) and the State of California (Celebration of Californian composers), and presents the lecture Art song Under 40, focusing on new works and trends amongst younger composers and creators.


As a performer, she has a great affinity for American art song, and has worked extensively with American composers on their work- including Jake Heggie, Ricky Ian Gordon, Laura Karpman, Libby Larsen, Anne LeBaron, Ted Hearne, Richard Danielpour, Ben Moore, Paula Kimper, Glen Roven and Tom Cipullo.


She co-founded the New York ensemble SongFusion, and created multiple programs for the group, including the multidisciplinary project States of Mind that mixed contemporary American art song with visual art, and the annual festival, NY NOW! that presented New York-based composers.


As a songwriter, she has written commissioned work for the Cape Philharmonic with three solo singers, and her work with Sophie Jaff has yielded the full-length musical Erika’s Wall (Dramatist Guild Fellows 2014-15) and the song collection Apple Heart. Their songs have been performed at Playwrights Horizons, 54 Below, Lincoln Center and The Duplex in New York, as well as in Chicago at The Music Theatre Company.


Her three cross-genre productions created with South African singer Zanne Stapelberg include links to the pages Soul of Fire, Spieël Speel (an Afrikaans alt-cabaret with original music and lyrics by Afrikaans literary greats) and the intimate program Wordsong, a mix between a classical recital and a cabaret.


A Celebration of the American Voice


Jake Heggie’s Song and Sonnets to Ophelia


Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Genius Child,” “Will There Really Be a Morning,” “Joy”


Samuel Barber’s Despite and Still


Jake Heggie’s Natural Selection

From Spain to America…with Love


Enrique Granados – 5 Songs from the Tonadillas


Fernando Obradors –  5 Songs from Canciones Clásicas Españolas


Daniel Catán’s “Escúchame” from Florencia en el Amazonas 




Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Genius Child,” “Will There Really Be a Morning,” “Joy”


Jake Heggie’s Natural Selection


Jerry Bock’s “When Did I Fall in Love” from Fiorello

Love Is…


Celius Dougherty’s “Love in the Dictionary”


The Ultimate Wedding Gift – Songs by Robert Schumann, Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss


L’amore in Italia – Songs by Stephano Donaudy and Giacomo Puccini


La langage amoureux – Songs by Gabriel Faurè


Falling in Love with Love – Songs from Broadway
Works by George Gershwin (Oh, Kay), Georgia Stitt, Rodgers and Hammerstein (Carousel), John Bucchino (A Catered Affair) and Jerry Bock (Fiorello)