Katherine Bartol is a prominent music educator who pioneered the Kodaly method in Central Pennsylvania. Some of her famous former students include opera singer Elizabeth DeShong, New York City and Broadway performer Nicholas Parks, and members of the number one ranking rock band Breaking Benjamin.
For over three decades, Katherine has accumulated numerous titles, including author, professional singer, conductor, pianist, and musical instructor. Recently, she received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Currently, Katherine is writing an advisory book.
Katherine Bartol has established a diverse career in the entertainment industry. She performed as a lead singer, song writer, keyboard player, and guitarist for rock bands Fallout and Rumor Has It. She also sang with television personality Davy Jones, and sang “The Star Spangled Banner” for The Pennsylvania State Education Association’s House of Delegates. Katherine also performed the role of Christine for local Broadway musical reviews of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, and presented a variety of styles as a vocal soloist for symphonic concerts. She particularly enjoyed singing songs from Webber’s Broadway musical Evita, Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly, Bernstein’s operetta Candide, the music of Judy Garland, and various jazz standards.
In a series of blogs and interviews, Katherine Bartol shares her experiences and knowledge as an entrepreneur and musician. She hopes these features will inspire others passionate about music and performance.
Conductors: we see them in front of a chorus or orchestra, furiously waving their hands one moment, and gently moving them the next. And while we may have absolutely no idea what they’re doing or have any insight into their non …