Katy Shackleton Williams
Adjunct Professor of Music
Katy Shackleton Williams has performed extensively in the Pittsburgh area with prestigious organizations such as The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, the Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, River City Brass Band and Pittsburgh Concert Chorale.
Ms. Williams was a featured soloist for several Pittsburgh Symphony Holiday Pops concert series and made her PSO Mellon Grand Classics debut in September 2005 with Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She was a soloist in the Heinz Hall performance of The Lord of the Rings and has been the special guest vocalist for the Fiddlesticks (which she loves) and Tiny Tots Children’s Concerts hosted by the PSO. She has many times toured with the River City Brass Band as a featured soloist and has recently performed for Pittsburgh’s Civic Light Opera’s production of The Student Prince.
She has enjoyed solo performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Holiday Pops this season in Midland and Lincoln Park with Lucas Richman and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in Scranton, PA with PSO’s own Lawrence Loh. She has sung with Undercroft Opera, Edgewood Symphony, Pittsburgh Philharmonic, St. Vincent College Singers, Latrobe PA and Spoleto Festival in Charleston SC. She also had the honor of singing at the dedication of the Fred Rogers building at St. Vincent’s College with acclaimed songwriter/pianist Michael Moricz.
Operatic roles include ‘Adina’ in Elixir of Love, ‘Adele’ in Die Fledermaus, ‘First Mother’ in Dead Man Walking, ‘Love’ in Orfeo and Eurydice and ‘Barbarina’ in The Marriage of Figaro. Notable solo engagements include Theofanidis- The Here and Now, Vaughan Williams- Dona Nobis Pacem, Handel- Messiah, Bach- St. John’s Passion, Barber- Prayers of Kirkegaard and Honegger- King David. She has sung under the baton of Manfred Honeck, Sir Andrew Davis, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Lucas Richman, Robert Page, Marvin Hamlisch, Lawrence Loh, and Daniel Meyer.
Ms. Williams was praised in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s, Best Classical Performances of 2009, for her singing in Gustav Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony with the PSO. She has recorded Leonardo Balada’s Encenas Borracones with New World Records and his La Muerte de Colon under the Naxos label.
Currently, she is a member of the professional core for the Mendelssohn Choir, Section Leader of the Jr. Mendelssohn Choir, chorister in Pittsburgh Opera and is an adjunct music staff at Washington and Jefferson College. She is the soprano soloist at Rodef Shalom, Oakland, and the vocal artist in residence at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mt Lebanon.