"Singing is part of each of us—it’s so personal. Studying singing inevitably teaches you about all areas of life, and so much about oneself."
Washington native Katherine Copland began her musical studies with violin and cello, but had always been a singer at heart. “I started singing publicly when I was 14, but I was singing along with my dad’s guitar playing from the time I could talk. I chose to study singing when I saw my high school’s production of Pippin and said to myself, why aren’t I up there singing? It looked like so much fun, and I was already musical—I studied cello for eight years, and violin before that. But singing was totally different because it involved acting and dancing and giving so much of yourself on such a personal level. I fell in love with the stage.“
In her teaching, Katherine aims to help each student become the best singer they can. Her goal is to help each student on his or her individual musical path. “Singing is part of each of us—it’s so personal. Studying singing inevitably teaches you about all areas of life, and so much about oneself."
“I inspire my young students by praising them for small accomplishments as well as for keeping a regular practice schedule even if it’s only a few minutes a day. I am always astounded at what young children accomplish in music lessons.” She also appreciates the life experience and knowledge that adult students bring to their lessons. “Whether a student has never studied before, or is returning after many years, I love it all.”
Though she is a fan of all different types of music, her favorite vocal composer is Richard Strauss, for his “long, soaring dramatic lines against beautiful complex chromatic harmonies”.
Beyond her musical activities, Katherine enjoys Bikram yoga, spending time with friends and family, cooking, and enjoying nature.