Catherine Sandstedt (She/Her), Coloratura Soprano, is a native of Columbia, Missouri but she currently resides on Long Island in New York. Catherine recently completed her DMA (Doctorate of Musical Arts) in Vocal Performance at Stony Brook University, where she first began her studies with soprano, Brenda Harris.
Catherine has performed many solo and chamber cantatas, oratorios, solo recitals, as well as operas. Some of these performances include: Bach's Coffee Cantata, Dialogues des Carmélites (Blanche), Gianni Schicchi (Nella), Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Bellezza), Il re pastore (Elisa), Impressions de Pelléas (Mélisande), Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna), Pigmalion (L’amour), Rinaldo (Almirena), and The Crucible (Mary Warren).
Catherine is an avid choral singer, and often returns to her home state of Missouri to sing with choral ensembles, including Vox Nova, and Prometheus, where she has worked with world-renowned conductor, Dr. Paul Crabb. She has also spent 6 years singing as both a ringer and full-time member of NYC’s Marble Collegiate Choir, under the direction of Ken Dake.
Additionally, Catherine has been sharing her passion of music with her students at Suffolk County Community College as an Adjunct Faculty member since 2018. She has also taught privately since 2011, teaching many instruments: Voice, Viola, Violin, Cello and Piano. She enjoys working with students of all ages and musical backgrounds, hoping to help each student find their confidence with music, develop safe and proper technique and also help to expand each students knowledge of music theory.
In addition to these activities, she has competed in many competitions, and was a 1st place winner and soloist for the North Shore Choir (2019); placed top 10 in the Kentucky Bach Choir Competition (2016); and placed 2nd in the Senior Women division at the 2015 National level of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).
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