Katherine Clarkson
Katherine M. Clarkson began teaching at Charleston Southern University as Adjunct Voice Faculty in 2012.  Currently, she is a soloist and the assistant director for children’s choir at St. Philip’s Church in Charleston.
 
Mrs. Clarkson attended Louisiana State University for her Bachelors of Music under the guidance of Dr. Loraine Sims.  After graduating in fall of 2009, she moved to New York City.  In NYC, Mrs. Clarkson participated in several chamber music recitals before heading to Indiana University to pursue Master of Music degree. She studied with American soprano, Patricia Wise and graduated from Indiana University in 2012.
 
Her orchestral debut was at the age of 12 with the New Orleans Civic Symphony.  Since then, she has performed many roles including Frasquita, Susanna, Zerlina, Tamiri, Norina, Pousette, and Clorinda. In 2009, she attended and performed with Franco-American Vocal Academy, touring southern France as Bacchis in La Belle Helene.
 
While in France, Mrs. Clarkson also had the opportunity to work closely with French composers Isabelle Aboulker and Betsy Jolas.  She performed Jolas’ “Arachneenne Solicitation” from 5 Poèmes de Jacques Dupin, under the guidance of Mrs. Aboulker. With her passion for premiering new repertoire, she has premiered new works at Indiana University, which included Air Currents and Wheels by Aaron Stepp in 2010.              
                                        
In 2011, Mrs. Clarkson performed with The Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre Institute in San Francisco as Belinda in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.  In addition, she appeared as the premiere soloist in Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with Columbus Indiana Philharmonic in 2012.
 
Most recently, she joined the award winning Robert Taylor Festival Choir and made her Piccolo Spoleto debut at Mepkin Abbey.  She performed McGlynn’s Celtic Mass and MacMillian’s Mass, which are to be released in the choir’s upcoming CD.  She is also performing Jan Koetsier’s Galgenlieder with her husband Justin Clarkson, a professional tuba player, in a local recital series.