Katie O'Rear, Voice

B.M.A. and M.M.A., Bowling Green State University

Katie Liesner is currently an “all but dissertation” doctoral candidate in vocal performance at the University of Memphis. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education and a Master’s degree in vocal performance from Bowling Green State University. She has acquired French language certificates from l’Institut de Touraine and German language certificates from Universität Salzburg. Her teaching experience includes instructing voice lessons, vocal pedagogy, and music appreciation at the University of Memphis and teaching vocal methods at Bowling Green State University. She also currently teaches voice lessons and runs the weekly master class for voice students at Iowa Western Community College.

Katie also continues to study her craft through operatic performances. Her past operatic roles include performing the role of Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera, Elettra in Idomeneo, Dorine in Tartuffe, Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief, Rosina in Il Barbieri di Siviglia, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, and Marina in I Quattro Rustegi.She also performed the lead role, Eumete, in the North American Premiere of Cavalli’s La virtue de’ strali d’Amore, under the musical direction of Paul O’Dette.

She was awarded “Best Supporting Actress” at the 2012 Ostrander (Memphis theatre) awards, the Graduate Performance Award at the University of Memphis for the 2011-2012 school year, the Charles Rieker Memorial Scholarship in 2010 and 2011, was a winner at the Delta Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Concerto Competition, received an Encouragement award at the West Memphis District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and was awarded second place at the Beethoven Club’s Young Artist Competition.