Kathleen Van De Graaff, soprano and senior lecturer of music, has taught voice, group voice and opera workshop at Lake Forest College for 20 years. Kathleen recently has directed children productions of Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel and Amahl and the Night Visitor which the Lake Forest students performed in outreach program for local elementary schools and community centers. Kathleen Van De Graaff was recently named as a specialist for the Fulbright Scholar Program and plans to teach and perform in the Philippines in 2012. She was invited by the Cultural Ministry to judge a voice competition, give master classes and present a solo recital. Kathleen is the governor of Illinois for the National Assn. of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and has been the president of the Chicago chapter. She has published 9 CDs for singing and seven music books. She is the founder and director of the Vocal Arts Academy for High School Singers at Lake Forest College and holds a master’s degree in music from Brigham Young University.
Kathleen has given solo performances in opera, oratorio and recitals in twenty seven states and in Japan, China, and Costa Rica. She specializes in intermezzi, comic chamber operas, and has given the modern premiere of five such works in concerts and festivals and on live on WFMT radio for local and national broadcasts. Two of these intermezzi, Mirena e Floro and Moschetta e Grullo, were released in 2007 on Naxos International Record Label. A third opera, Miride e Damar i can be heard on the Naxos website. She has recently completed a tour of a two man show called The Life and Love of Robert and Clara Schumann in honor of the 200th anniversary of Robert Schumann’s birth.