Setnor School of Music
Associate Professor, Applied Music and Performance (Voice)
Kathleen Roland is a highly regarded concert soloist well known for her interpretation of the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. She has been a featured singer with many music festivals, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Britten-Pears Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Festival and has performed with many prominent conductors, including James Conlon, Kent Nagano, Reinbert de Leeuw, and Oliver Knussen.
Roland has been a frequent soloist with the Grammy Award-winning Southwest Chamber Music Society of Los Angeles, with whom she has garnered critical acclaim for her performances. In the last year, the soprano has performed in New York City, San Diego, and Australia, and international performances include concerts in Sweden, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Germany. Recordings include a CD created with American composer Libby Larsen of her song cycle, Songs from Letters, from Calamity Jane to her daughter Janey, and Aura, for orchestra and soloists, by Cambodian composer Chinary Ung.
Roland is a Fulbright senior scholar and an American Scandinavian Foundation grantee. She is the author of a new anthology of Swedish art song, Romanser: 25 Swedish Art Songs with Guide to Lyric Diction. She is a frequent master clinician for some of the country’s premiere young artist programs and universities, including Songfest, Tanglewood, University of Southern California, and Manhattan School of Music. She has written a number of articles for the Journal of Singing and Classical Singer magazine and is the editor of the National Opera Association’s newsletter, Notes. Upcoming performances include concerts in Indiana, California, New York, Cambodia, and Sweden.