The mezzo-soprano Katherine Kelton maintains an active and varied singing career, appearing frequently as a soloist and recitalist in an eclectic range of music, from chant to contemporary literature. Her solo work with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale has received critical acclaim. She has appeared as soloist with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, the Nashville (Tennessee) Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Springfield (Missouri) Symphony, the Evansville Philharmonic, the Southeast Kansas Symphony, the Durango Symphony, and the Tuscaloosa Symphony, among others. Her solo appearances at festivals include the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Banff Festival of the Arts, the Victoria Bach Festival, and the Lake Placid International Vocal Seminar. Early Music groups with whom she has appeared include the Dayton Bach Society, Ensemble Ouabache, the Kansas Early Music Consort, and the Texas Early Music Project. Katherine Kelton received the degrees of Doctor of Musical Arts and of Master of Music in Applied Voice from the University of Texas at Austin, where her doctoral dissertation was on the songs of Amy Beach. She also holds further degrees and honours from the University of Alabama, and has been the recipient of grants for study and research from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Butler University. Among her many awards for singing, she was named a national semi-finalist in the 1995 National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Award Competition, and in 1998, was the alternate for the voice finalist in the Mu Phi Epsilon International Artist Competition. She was the 1999 winner of the Bel Canto Chorus (Milwaukee) Regional Artist Competition and the 1985 winner of the Young Artist Competition at the Salado (Texas) Festival. A noted expert on the songs of the American composer, Amy Beach, she has presented many recitals of Beach’s music throughout the United States and has had several articles published about Beach’s contribution to American song literature. She serves as Associate Professor of Music at Butler University in Indianapolis, and prior to her appointment at Butler University in 1996, held teaching positions at Pittsburg (Kansas) State University and in the McAllen (Texas) Independent School District. She has also taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover, Germany, and served on the faculty of the Berkshire Choral Festival, Santa Fe.