Mezzo-Soprano & Musicologist
Kathleen Shimeta, musician, music researcher and writer, has enjoyed a singing career performing art songs, chamber music, oratorio and opera. As a strong advocate for contemporary American composers, she premiered works written for her by late 20th and early 21st century composers.
For over 20 years Ms. Shimeta has put forth the music of Canadian/American composer Gena Branscombe. Her CD, Ah! Love, I Shall Find Thee: Songs of Gena Branscombe is on the Albany Records label. In addition, she co-authored and performed a one-woman show about the composer, Life! Love! Song! A Visit with Gena Branscombe. She is co-founder of The Gena Branscombe Project not-for-profit, an organization that promotes the performance of Miss Branscombe’s art songs, chamber music, instrumental works and piano pieces. In addition The Gena Branscombe Project is awarding yearly scholarships to a student conductor, composer and Arts Administrator.
For her work researching and recreating the orchestral score for a revival performance of Gena Branscombe’s dramatic oratorio, Pilgrims of Destiny, the Library of Congress interviewed her for their Researcher’s Blog and The Gazette. The only and original conductor’s score is held at the Library.
Invited to write articles about Miss Branscombe’s life and music, Kathleen has been published in the WomenArts Journal, the Sigma Alpha Iota Pan Pipes magazine, the Association of Canadian Women Composers Journal and others. The International Alliance for Women in Music invited Ms. Shimeta to write a CD review for their publication. She has presented at the Women Composers Conference at Indiana University in Indiana, PA and at the Women in the Arts Conference at the University of Missouri St. Louis.
Ms. Shimeta received her Bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota and her Master of Music from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.