Noted as a "very expressive soprano" (Opus Colorado), Kathryn Radakovich enjoys a varied career performing works from the modern, classical, baroque, and jazz idioms.
Since arriving in Denver in 2013, Kathryn has become a mainstay in Colorado's diverse arts scene. She is a familiar soloist with area ensembles, including the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Denver Early Music Consort, Ars Nova Singers, St. Martin's Chamber Choir, and the Cathedral Choir of St. John in the Wilderness. Kathryn is also heard frequently in Denver's top jazz venues: Nocturne, Dazzle, and La Cour. Nationally, Kathryn performs with the Oregon Bach Festival’s Berwick Chorus, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and Victoria Bach Festival and has appeared at the Montana Early Music Festival as an aria soloist in Bach's St. John Passion.
Recent career highlights include performances of Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s “Bernstein: On Stage and Screen,” and a solo engagement with Ars Nova Singers in their production of Will Todd’s “Mass in Blue.” This season, Kathryn can be seen as soprano soloist with Colorado Bach Ensemble for BWV 70, as soprano soloist in Handel’s “Messiah” with the Colorado Chamber Players under the direction of Matthieu Lussier (Violons du Roy), as Musica and Ninfa in Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado’s production of Monteverdi’s “Orfeo” under the direction of Stephen Stubbs, and making her debut with Variant 6 in the world premiere of Wally Gunn’s “Moonlite,” for voices and percussion. The Kathryn Radakovich Quintet also returns for Part II of their Tribute to Nina Simone residency in January at Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club in Denver.
An active recitalist, Kathryn premiered two works this past Spring at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder: Annie Booth's "Flowers of Evil" and John Gunther's settings of the mystic poet, Rumi. Recent recitals include collaborations with pianist Amanda Williams, performing 20th century works by Schoenberg, Poulenc, Stravinsky, Hindemith, and Ullmann; with guitarist Russ Callison, on duets by Wallace, Britten, Brouwer, and Berkeley; and with acclaimed gambist Ann Marie Morgan and baroque violinist Allison Edberg Nyquist, featuring music of Carol Herman and Marin Marais.
Kathryn is on faculty at Metropolitan State University in Denver where she maintains a jazz voice studio, directs vocal jazz ensembles, and is the co-director of the Early Music Ensemble. She also directs the Pop and Soul Choir at Detroit Institute of Music Education-Denver. She holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Idaho and a Master of Music from California State University Fullerton