Katherine Skovira

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Katherine Skovira, D.M.A. (she/her) is a nationally recognized contemporary music specialist, educator, researcher, and mezzo-soprano from Philadelphia.

Katherine serves as Faculty Fellow in Voice at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and Co-Artistic Director of SoundLAB contemporary ensemble in Philadelphia. She has performed with Lorin Maazel, Sir Simon Rattle, and Barbara Hannigan, and has collaborated with the JACK Quartet, Lucerne Festival Academy, Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Institute, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, American Philosophical Society, American Composers Forum, University of Pennsylvania, and Alarm Will Sound. Katherine holds degrees in voice, pedagogy and political science from Cornell University, Westminster Choir College, and the University of Minnesota School of Music.

Katherine received the 2021 Discovery Grant for Female Composers and additional grants from Opera America’s New Works Forum and New Music USA. She has presented at various conferences including Opera America, the Voice Foundation and National Association of Teachers of Singing, as well as the International Congress of Voice Teachers, which published her recent article "The Forgotten Fach: The Sfogato in the Nineteenth Century."

Since 2017, Katherine has worked with innovators in the nonspeaking community, technology, and social justice in collaborative performances and education initiatives, and performed over 30 world premieres of new vocal and operatic works.

Education & Training
  • D.M.A., Voice, University of Minnesota School of Music (2012)
  • M.M., Vocal Performance and Voice Pedagogy, Westminster Choir College (2009)
  • B.A., Music (Voice) and Government (International Relations), Cornell University (2002)


Primary Research Focus
Voice, vocal pedagogy, sfogato, Fach system, curation, new music, advocacy


Office Hours

By appointment

Current Courses

ARTS 2750-13 (Fall 2023) Voice Lessons


Skovira, Katherine. "The Forgotten Fach: The Sfogato in the Nineteenth Century."  International Congress of Voice Teachers, 2022. Vienna, Austria.

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