Conductor, Young Artists Chorus, Boston University Tanglewood Institute
Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Missouri, Kansas City
Master of Music, Boston University
Bachelor of Music, Furman University
Known for her innovative programming, Katie Woolf is emerging as a conductor with a special expertise in working creatively with developed high school voices. She is hailed by colleagues and students alike as a passionate and energetic artist, equally at home in traditional and contemporary repertoire, who encourages her students to go beyond the boundaries of their imagination in their vocal work.
Dr. Woolf began her career in Boston, as the Assistant Conductor of the Radcliffe Choral Society at Harvard University. She traveled with the ensemble at home and abroad, most notably on a 2008 tour combining musical performances with community service in Costa Rica. Helping to develop Harvard’s vocal program, she taught voice, mounted benefit recitals featuring student singers in collaboration with local professionals and brought students new opportunities to participate in master and studio classes on campus and in the greater Boston community. Dr. Woolf also served for eight summers on the vocal faculty of BUTI, and in 2006 was featured as the soprano soloist in Poulenc’s Gloria with the BUTI Young Artist Chorus and Orchestra at their 40th Anniversary Concert.
After earning her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Dr. Woolf joined the faculty of the Cobb County Center of Excellence in the Performing Arts (CCCEPA), a magnet program at Pebblebrook High School in a suburb of Atlanta. As the program’s Director of Choral and Vocal Music, she has led the CCCEPA choirs to local and national acclaim: Most recently, the CCCEPA Chamber Chorus was featured on NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley which can be found here.
Under Dr. Woolf’s direction, the CCCEPA Select Women’s Choir attended the Festival of Women’s Choruses held at Harvard University and Dr. Woolf and the CCCEPA Choirs earned twelve awards at Festival Disney in Orlando, including first, second and third prizes in the overall competition. Dr. Woolf has conducted several masterworks at Pebblebrook, including Orff’s Carmina Burana (part one) and Mozart’s Requiem, where she combined student soloists and chorus with orchestral players from the Atlanta Symphony, Ballet and Opera.
Raised in Atlanta, Dr. Woolf is a proud alumna of Furman University and Boston University, where she earned degrees in voice and conducting, respectively. In addition to her work in opera, oratorio and art song, she is an avid choral musician. At age 17 she was selected to sing in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus under the baton of Maestro Robert Shaw, in his final season with the Atlanta Symphony. Since then she has performed both in the ensemble and as a soloist with highly regarded choirs: the Carnegie Hall Choral Institute, the Boston-based Cantata Singers, the Marsh Chapel Choir of Boston University, and Coro Vocati, a professional chorus based in Atlanta. She continues to sing with the ASO Chorus and Chamber Chorus, carrying Mr. Shaw’s legacy to her students in the classroom.