Katherine Harris

Kathy is a multi-faceted professional musician, educator and arts administrator. Having recently returned to her roots, the native Wilmingtonian brings her unique blend of vocal expertise and keyboard facility to her role as organist, pianist, choir director and coordinator of music activities at First Unitarian Church.  Kathy began her musical career studying church music, voice and opera at Westminster Choir College, Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Yale University, followed by training as a young artist with the San Francisco Opera Company.  For the following 30+ years, she pursued her career as an opera and concert singer, church musician, vocal teacher and arts administrator based in the New York area.  Her performing has included lead opera roles, concert soloist, chamber music, and professional choral work with opera companies, choral societies, orchestras and conductors throughout the US and abroad. As a conductor, she has led several church choirs, women’s vocal ensembles, and madrigal/chamber groups. In her capacity as Director of the Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge, NJ, she coordinated a concert series, community theater, art classes, gallery exhibits, as well as community outreach and securing grant funding.   A committed educator, Kathy recently retired after 25 years as Adjunct Professor of Voice at Kean University Conservatory of Music in Union, NJ.  She continues to teach vocal and piano lessons privately in her home in Arden, DE. Professional affiliations include the Association of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries (AUUMM), The American Guild of Organists (Delaware), American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG/AFTRA), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).  Kathy is passionate about sharing all kinds of music and looks forward to continuing to grow the musical community at First Unitarian Church.