American mezzo-soprano Kathryn Leemhuis has performed with international opera companies such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Teatro Colón, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Florentine Opera, and Chicago Opera Theater, among others. On the concert stage, she has performed at the Ravinia Festival, the Grant Park Music Festival, the Boise Philharmonic, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Festival.
In the competition arena, Dr. Leemhuis has won several awards, most notably with the New York Lyric Opera, the National Opera Association, Florida Grand Opera, the Lissner Foundation, the McCammon Foundation, the Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the George London Foundation, and the Giulio Gari Foundation. She was a 2012 National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She is an alumna of the esteemed Ryan Opera Center, the Opera Theatre St. Louis’ Gerdine Young Artist Program, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Center.
An Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at Temple University in Philadelphia, Dr. Leemhuis’ students have performed with opera companies and orchestras both nationally and internationally, participated in highly regarded young artist programs, and placed in national vocal competitions. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College.