Students of Kathleen Westfall are confident and expressive singers. They have a strong understanding of technique that gives them the artistic freedom they desire. They know how to take what is in their hearts and minds and put it into their musical performances with passion and excitement. They love to sing and it shows!
Dr. Kathleen Westfall is a local performer and voice teacher. She currently maintains a flourishing private vocal studio (kathleenwestfall.com) in the Houston area. National Opera Association award-winning composer, director, and Professor of Music at Boston Conservatory, Dr. Dan Shore describes Kathleen as “not only a skilled director and leader, but a dedicated and effective teacher as well. I have seen her take a group of people and draw out their best." Kathleen earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi, a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Stony Brook University in New York, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music - Vocal Performance from her hometown at The University of New Orleans. She has previously taught voice lessons and related music courses as an adjunct professor at Belmont University, Nashville State, and The University of New Orleans.
Kathleen has professionally delivered numerous traditional concerts and recitals and performed as a soloist in operatic performances across the country. Among the dozen operatic roles in which Kathleen has been featured as a classical soprano, she has especially enjoyed the roles of Nedda in I Pagliacci and Mimi in La bohème. She relished dying on stage - yet again - as Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi. Additionally, she delights in performing unique arrangements of classical and jazz music with her husband James Westfall.
She truly enjoys working with singers and helping them to develop their unique voices. There is never a dull moment during Kathleen’s lessons because she believes that the amount of energy a teacher gives during a lesson is reciprocated by the student. Among the most satisfying teaching experiences for her have been the studio-wide workshops she has lead on healthy singing techniques in contemporary commercial music styles. Please see her resume for her qualifications. Westfall focuses on developing the voice in a fun, healthy, and artistic way. Even though Dr. Westfall is a classical singer, she does not expect/encourage her students to sing in that style; she teaches all styles of singing.