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Cat Chapman

Cat Chapman

Background:

Catherine Chapman is a musician and Tampa local. Beginning in the Anglican church choir tradition, she began piano lessons at age five, and transitioned to string instruments with the viola in her early teens. She graduated from Patel Conservatory in 2015 and pursued a bachelor in music with a focus on vocal performance from the University of Tampa with instruction from Soprano Dr. Hein Jung, and members of faculty of UF, USF, New College of Florida, Eastman School of Music, and others throughout. She graduated in 2019. 

At the moment, Catherine is a section leader at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, runs a local new music composer and performer collective, BGNM, and is the assistant for the Jeanie and Stephen Foster Vocal Competition, an annual audition and scholarship for students in the state of Florida. She is currently searching for graduate programs in vocal performance and musicology.

Career:

Pedagogy was never her focus, but it eventually took over her resume. From 2015 to 2017, Catherine was an instructor for Berkeley Preparatory School’s Summer Programs at Fleming Fine Arts Camp, under the direction of her first piano teacher, Larkie Fleming. Initially hired as a camp counselor, she began substituting in music classes and assisting with the technical aspects of biweekly stage productions. By 2017, she was teaching music classes, assisting with camp operations, and was an instructor in Summer Stage and Buccaneer Rock Camp, instructing children from pre-k to eighth grade. After this experience, Catherine pursued more k-12 education opportunities, interning with the Sarasota Opera Company’s youth opera program.

She has taught private music students at several local music schools and independently, and was the music theory and aural skills teaching assistant from 2018-19 at the University of Tampa Department of Music. Her focus instruction areas are currently voice, early piano and strings, and test preparation for AP and college-level Music Theory exams.

Education:

Certificate of Artistic Achievement, Patel Conservatory, 2015

Bachelor of Music, University of Tampa, 2019

Areas of Focus:

  • Piano: early/beginner sight-reading and skills in classical and/or musical theatre to basic proficiency. (k-12, university, adult learners)

  • Strings: Violin and Viola. Early/beginner sight-reading and skills in classical style to basic proficiency (k-12)

  • Ukulele & Guitar: early/beginner skills, song-writing and covers, to basic proficiency (k-12, university, adult learners)

  • Voice: singing, ensemble and solo (post-puberty voices only. Younger students accepted on a case-by-case basis and will follow a curriculum that focuses on musicianship and performance skills)

  • Musicianship: written theory and aural (listening) skills, test prep for AP, IB, ACE or college level exams. (k-12, university, adult learners)

Favorite Aspects of Teaching:

Witnessing a moment when something clicks into place.

Performance:

Catherine is a developing coloratura soprano. She received formal instruction in voice at age 17, and continued to pursue vocal performance in university. In addition to school vocal and operatic ensembles, she was a member of the New Cats, a Sarasota Jazz Band endemic to the New College of Florida. She has placed in both NATS North Florida and Tampa Bay auditions, in Musical Theatre and Classical voice categories. 

Locally, Catherine performs in weekly and liturgical calendar services at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, and occasionally performs with friends in student recitals and classical concerts in the Tampa Bay area. She is in niche demand as a contemporary-composition-friendly soprano.

Outside of Florida, Catherine has performed with New Explorative Oratorio in Los Angeles, and the Interharmony Festival in Acqui Terme, Italy. She is a member of the Impulse New Music Festival 2020 cohort, performing in August 2020 in Santa Barbara, California.