Katie Mersch is a DMA candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she also received her MM in Vocal Performance. She holds a BM in Vocal Performance and BM in Vocal Church Music from St. Olaf College. In addition to teaching at the 402, Katie currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Voice at Grace University, Adjunct Instructor of Voice at Iowa Western Community College, and Adjunct Instructor of Voice and Music Theory at Southeast Community College.
Katie is an active performing artist who has appeared in recital venues, on the operatic stage, and in choral ensembles. Stage credits include Antonia (understudy) in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Victoria in Bolcom’s A Wedding, and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. Katie has sung with the Kansas City Symphony Chorus, a professional choir under the direction of Dr. Charles Bruffy. Most recently, she presented a lecture recital at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln based on her dissertation research of art song music for solo lyric soprano voice and piano by contemporary composer William Vollinger. In the fall of 2017, she performed the same recital at Nyack College in New York where Vollinger teaches.
Katie enjoys teaching private lessons primarily because she has the opportunity to personally invest in her students. She strives to create an environment in lessons that is built on trust, personal development and a strong individual relationship between the teacher and student. Katie's other interests include a love for running, cooking, spending quality time with family and friends, and vacationing with family.