Higher Needs Students
Katelyn Neumann, mezzo-soprano, hails from Santa Barbara, California. Katelyn has a M.M. in Vocal Performance from California State University, Northridge and a B.A. in Music from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Katelyn has been the recipient of numerous accolades from both local and national music organizations, including being a 6-time winner of the Santa Barbara Music Club’s Music Scholarship Competition.
Katelyn has performed several operatic roles with highlights including Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Lyric Opera Studio in Weimar, Germany, the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with BASOTI, Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Capitol City Opera in Atlanta, Georgia, and Mother in Capitol City Opera’s world premiere of Curtis Bryant's The Secret Agent.
Katelyn is also a performer of light opera and has performed lead roles with Lyric Theatre of San Jose in its productions of The Prince of Pilsen, Utopia Limited, and Iolanthe. She made her debut with Lamplighters Music Theatre as Leila in their production of Iolanthe, and recently performed with The Victorian Lyric Opera Company as The Lady Angela in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience.
Katelyn enjoys performing a variety of music styles and was the soloist for a performance of Luciano Berio’s tribute to Martin Luther King, “O King,” and was a singer in Taylor Mac’s current tour of A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. Katelyn recently performed at Strathmore Music Center in the world premiere of Jeremy Schonfeld’s rock opera Iron and Coal. She was also pleased to perform as Mother Pig in The Three Little Pigs musical with Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. Katelyn is the Alto Soloist in the annual Messiah Sing-Along held in Santa Barbara and directed by Phillip McLendon.
She is also a caroler in the The Tones choral group and serves as the Alto section leader and soloist at National United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C.
She has directed two children’s choirs and taught both voice and beginning piano privately. Katelyn believes lessons should be engaging, inspiring, and most of all fun!
In addition to her skills as a singer and performer, she has extensive experience working with various age groups- from tutoring at a middle school beginner to college theory. She has worked as a nanny to a variety of higher needs children from ADD, ADHD, Autism, and Cerebral Palsy. Katelyn is especially patient, encouraging, supportive and compassionate
Katelyn has worked with a variety of students, from middle school tutoring to college beginner theory tutoring to being a teacher’s assistant for an elementary school. She has been a nanny and babysitter to several children for over twenty years and has experience working with students of various disabilities including ADD, ADHD, Autism, and Cerebral Palsy.
Katelyn exudes patience, she is encouraging, supportive, and a compassionate teacher with an optimistic and friendly demeanor- all the perfect qualities of a successful teacher.
“I believe it is vital that my students feel their music lessons are fun and fulfilling. It is important to me that my students look forward to coming to study with me. They already have so many commitments in their lives, whether it be school or sports or work, or all of the above. So they may not always have the energy or drive in their lessons.
So, it is my duty to make voice lessons a fun, joyful experience for them. I think compassion and patience are vital to their growth as well as recognizing that they progress at different rates and that I need to adjust my expectations according to that. I believe each student is different and has different goals and as a teacher it is important that I learn what each student would like to get out of lessons and that I form lessons tailored to their needs and desires.
I also think it is important to keep a log for each person so we may track what we have worked on together and be able to see what progress he or she has made.”
On a personal note…
“I find that music gives me balance and a deeper connection to those around me. I love working with children because they are naturally drawn to music and find joy in it very easily. It is very inspiring to see them learn and grow through music.
When I'm not working on music, I am at the ice rink working on my figure skating skills.”