Kathy Kessler Price, Associate Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, teaches voice pedagogy courses and applied voice and also directs both the Presser Voice Laboratory and the summer Voice Pedagogy Institute. In 2018 she was awarded the Distinguished Teacher of the Year. A native of Richmond, Virginia, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree at The University of Richmond in voice performance and music education, her Masters of Voice Performance from The University of Maryland (College Park), and her Ph.D. in Voice Pedagogy from The University of Kansas. She previously served as Voice Area Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Music at Mississippi State University, coordinated the School of Music Vocology Laboratory at The University of Kansas, and worked as an intern in Clinical Voice Assessment at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. Price has taught voice and diction at William Jewell College in Missouri and at Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria Campus) where she was also the choral director. She is a founding member of the Washington Vocal Consortium, and conducts the acclaimed D.C. women’s ensemble Philomela, whose newest CD (2018) celebrates music for children.
Dr. Price has performed as soloist at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, in a solo concert tour of the Czech Republic, and she has sung and conducted at The White House. Most recently, Dr. Price has enjoyed being a guest artist and clinician at The Academy of the Arts in Osejik and Zagreb, Croatia. She has twice judged the Lav Mirski International Voice Competitionand hosted faculty from Osejik at Westminster as well as coordinating WCC students singing in Croatia. She served as soloist and clinician at the Festival Internacional de Música de Campina Grandein Brazil, and at numerous colleges and universities throughout the U.S. A frequent performer at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C., Dr. Price most recently sang the title role in a concert version of Dvořak's Rusalka.
Her current research interests include lifespan female singing voices focusing on menopausal vocal transitions, the aging voice, voice assessment procedures for colleges and universities, primary voice transitions in male and female voices singing in both Classical and Musical Theater styles, historical vocal pedagogy with particular emphasis on female pedagogues, and the role of voice teachers in interdisciplinary voice habilitation and rehabilitation. She has presented numerous times at the Voice Foundation Symposiums, National Association of Teachers of Singing Conventions, International Physiology and Acoustics of Singing Conference, the Phenomenon of Singing International Conferences, the Music Educators Association National Conferences, and various regional and state chapters of the American Choral Directors Association. Her writings have been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education and the NATS Journal of Singing. She co-authored the book The Anatomy of Tone and contributed a “recipe” to The Voice Teacher’s Cookbook. Dr. Price was awarded a research fellowship at The University of Kansas and was one of two national recipients in 2010 of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Vocal Pedagogy Award. She is a member of such academic and professional organizations as Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, AGMA, Sigma Alpha Iota, and NATS.
She counts among her greatest joys the opportunity to teach and mentor her wonderful students at Westminster Choir College. Her students perform opera/art song/musical theater and present voice research in national and international venues, and they teach new generations of singers to carry forward the legacy of beautiful music-making through song.