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. Most recently, she was named the first place winner of the 10th annual Mildred C. Miller International Vocal Competition, hosted by Pittsburgh Festival Opera. Held virtually this year, and featuring an all mezzo edition, Kate was awarded the top $3,000 prize.
Kate will be joining the New Philharmonic for virtual streaming concerts in December and January–Holiday Sing-Along and a Night of Opera and Broadway–respectively. In May 2021, she’ll be singing in Salon 21’s “Immediate Song” virtual performance featuring the music of Dr. Steven Weimer and Dr. Ellen Harrison set to the poetry of Don Bogen, with Jill Jantzen, pianist. Additionally, Kate will be presenting an electronic world premiere of a song cycle written for her voice: “Echoes of the Hatchet” by Drew Dolan in early 2021; you can find her recent electronic Midwest premieres of cabaret songs by composer Rachel J. Peters on her youtube channel.
Last January, Kate made her debut with Chicago Opera Theater as an ensemble member in the world premiere production of “Freedom Ride,” an opera by Dan Shore which celebrates the story of hundreds of young volunteers who risked their lives to desegregate interstate travel in 1961. Additional engagements last year included return performances with the New Philharmonic, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne, and BEST Ensemble of Cincinnati.
Kate’s 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).
Her 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)