Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Person of Interest: Katy Williams

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Person of Interest: Katy Williams

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It's getting to the point that it's unusual if soprano Katy Williams hasn't sung with a Pittsburgh music group.

She is Fiddlesticks the Cat's partner in the Pittsburgh Symphony's children's concerts, but also has sung Mahler in its subscription concerts and Marvin with the Pops. She has soloed with and sung in choruses of the Pittsburgh Opera, Civic Light Opera, Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, Pittsburgh Concert Chorale and River City Brass.

Mrs. Williams of Mt. Lebanon recently starred in Quantum Theatre's "Ainamadar," and sang at the dedication of the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College. She is a regular solo presence at services of both Rodef Shalom Congregation in Shadyside and St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Mt. Lebanon. In a world in which singers have to spread themselves thin to make a living, she is a case study in being an entrepreneurial musician. Did we mention she teaches at Point Park University and Washington & Jefferson College, and that she also sings Broadway tunes? We managed to catch her between gigs for a peek into her life.

When did you first decide to be a professional singer, and when did you know it would actually happen?

I always knew I would be a musician. I come from generations of music teachers and performers, so it's in my blood. I am still amazed that I am asked to sing for concerts, operas and recitals.

What is it like to move among so many different styles of music?

I enjoy being able to sing early baroque, flip to the fireworks of Mozart and Handel, get messy with contemporary 21st-century Osvaldo Golijov and then bring it home with a good, fat, juicy Rodgers and Hammerstein. I have lots of insanely talented friends to help me figure it out. They are my lifeline!

A guilty pleasure of mine:

Moio's Italian Pastry Shop's freshly filled while you wait cannolis (in Monroeville). Oh, and coconut macaroons! …

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