Associate Professor of Voice
Kathleen Maurer, mezzo-soprano, has performed extensively in the United States and in Europe. During her more than 15-year residence in Germany, Dr. Maurer sang in approximately 2,800 performances of over one hundred operas, operettas, and musicals as a member of the opera companies at the Städtische Bühne in Hagen and the Nationaltheater in Mannheim. A frequent performer in the United States since her return from Germany, she has been heard in orchestral concerts, operas, recitals, oratorios, chamber music concerts, new music festivals, and as guest soloist in choral concerts. She is also an invited lecturer and master class teacher.
Dr. Maurer has appeared as guest soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Neal Gittleman in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, a Superpops concert entitled “Happy (Belated) Birthday, Richard Rodgers,” and a Richard Rodgers Centennial Celebration. She has also appeared with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Schubert’s Mass in Ab. She was guest soloist with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra in “A Night at the Opera,” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. She has performed as alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with several orchestras in the United States and Germany.
Dr. Maurer has performed in concert with members of the Dayton Opera Company, including the Gala Evening of Stars opening concert of the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton, Ohio. Her U.S. opera roles include Mama McCourt in Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe (Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Opera) and Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica (Wright State University Opera).
Dr. Maurer’s has performed solo recitals at the Euromusic Centre for Music Studies in Toronto, Canada, the University of South Carolina, University of Kentucky, University of Central Missouri, DePauw University, Butler University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Ball State University, the Dayton Art Institute, Wright State University, Taylor University, the University of Arkansas, and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her oratorio performances include Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Theresienmesse, Saint Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in Ab, and Honegger’s King David.
An avid proponent of chamber music and new music, Dr. Maurer commissioned and performed the world première of Within My Garden: songs for mezzo-soprano, viola and piano by Eleanor Trawick, together with violist Philip Tietze. The première took place at the University of Michigan School of Music in 2005, with additional performances at four midwestern universities. She sang the world première of As lady from her door: a song cycle of escape for mezzo-soprano, flute, and piano, which was written for her by Anthony Amstutz, at Ball State University in 2007. Dr. Maurer has performed with members of the Dayton Chamber Music Society, the Wright State University Faculty String Quartet, and the Tutti Solisti Chamber Players in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2001 she sang the world première of internationally-recognized composer Deborah Netanel’s chamber work, Kaddish, with the Tutti Solisti Chamber Players. The following year she sang the world première of a trio entitled Wildpeace which was written for her by Deborah Netanel. Wildpeace was also featured at the College Music Society 20th Regional Conference in Bowling Green, Kentucky and in concerts at the Hayner Cultural Center in Troy, Ohio, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and at Ball State University. She sang the première of Netanel’s Here I Stand for cello, voice, prepared piano and hand drums at Ball State University in 2008. She is currently working on a duet song cycle titled Interviews with Turtles by Dr. Eleanor Trawick.
Due to her experience in teaching foreign language diction classes, Dr. Maurer was invited to contribute two chapters (on German and French diction) to the textbook, The Use of the International Phonetic Alphabet in the Choral Rehearsal, edited by Dr. Duane Karna. The book was released by Scarecrow Press in 2012.
Dr. Maurer joined the faculty at the Ball State University School of Music in 2003. As Associate Professor of Music in Voice Performance, she teaches applied voice lessons and diction classes; she has also coached Baroque chamber ensembles and taught opera workshop classes. She performs regularly on the Faculty Artist concert series, the summer Chamber Music concert series, and in New Music Festival concerts. Prior to her present position, Dr. Maurer taught for five years at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
Dr. Maurer holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Butler University, the Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Bowling Green State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.