Mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh has been praised as “utterly convincing dramatically, and musically superlative” (Seen and Heard International). She has performed professionally throughout the U.S. in works that range the gamut of classical and musical theater repertoire.
During the 2019-2020 season, Kate sees return engagements with the New Philharmonic (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony), the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra (“Anita” in Bernstein’s ‘Westside Story’ in concert) Paducah Symphony Orchestra (Mozart Requiem), and Bach cantatas with the Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne and BEST Ensemble of Cincinnati. She will debut with the Chicago Opera Theater (Freedom Ride: world premiere) Southern Illinois Music Festival and Salon 21. Other world premieres will include two pieces written for her voice: “Echoes of the Hatchet” by Drew Dolan and a song cycle for mezzo and piano by Dr. Ellen Harrison.
Her recent portrayals have included singing “The Dough” in Fort Worth Opera’s world premiere of composer/librettist Rachel J. Peters’ Companionship, two of Rossini’s leading ladies with Winter Opera St. Louis in L’italiana in Algeri (Isabella) and La Cenerentola (Angelina), “Hansel” in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (Stockton Opera), and “Fanny Price” in the American premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park (Indianapolis Opera).
Kate’s career in opera was initiated when she placed third in the Chicago Regional MONC Auditions, hosted by NYC’s Metropolitan Opera. Since then, other career highlights have included performing as a soloist at Carnegie Hall upon winning the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition, winning the Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition, placing second in the Nicholas Z. Loren Vocal Competition, hosted by the Holland Chorale, and being awarded the “Grace Keagy Award” by NYC-based Kurt Weill Foundation in their annual Lotte Lenya Foundation.
Tombaugh’s other portrayals include title roles in Handel’s Ariodante and Massenet’s Cinderella, ‘Annie Oakley’ in Irving Berlin’s Annie, Get your Gun, and ‘Mad Margaret’ in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore, among others. She has soloed with the Utah Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Seattle Orchestra, Apollo Chorus, concert:nova, Lexington Philharmonic, and Performance Santa Fe.
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Kate trained as a young artist in the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist program, as a Gerdine Artist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and as a Resident Artist with Utah Opera. Additionally, she was a Stern Fellow with the LA-based Songfest, and performed in the Opera Studio at AIMS in Graz, Austria. She holds a masters degree in voice from University of Cincinnati’s College- Conservatory of Music (CCM), and dual undergraduate degrees in english literature and vocal performance from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Kate is a farm girl originally from Streator, Illinois. She is currently based Decatur, IL where her husband, composer Steven Weimer, is on the music faculty at Millikin University.
She is the founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit arts organization, Poco a Poco, hosting an intensive, week-long summer music training program for high school-aged vocalists in Streator, IL (www.pocoapoco.org).
Kate has tremendous enthusiasm for outreach, education, and mentorship within the arts and enjoys visiting performing arts high schools and colleges as a guest performer and master class technician.
Her one-woman show It Just Takes One is available for booking:(http://katetombaughproductions.com)