Kathleen Schmidt is a lyric mezzo-soprano specializing in medieval chant, Renaissance polyphony, and Baroque opera and oratorio. She is an accomplished performer of sacred and choral music, and has directed choirs and led educational programs to increase the impact of early (pre-Classical-era) music as a vibrant, living genre.
In April 2016, she conducted a DEMC performance of Spanish Renaissance polyphony, including a Requiem Mass for double choir by Mateo Romero. In November 2015, Kathleen was the alto soloist for the St. Martin's Chamber Choir performance of the Mozart Requiem arranged for choir and piano for four hands by Carl Czerny. Earlier in 2015, Kathleen appeared at the Dairy Center of the Arts in Boulder, and in the Classical Series at Dazzle Jazz in Denver, debuting works by Hildegard of Bingen on programs featuring female composers. In 2014, she was selected to be a chorister in a special performance of Thomas Tallis’ 40-part motet, Spem in Alium, at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. That year, she also participated in the Amherst Early Music Winter Weekend, performing duets by Agostino Steffani. In 2013, she performed the role of Nutrice in the Peabody Opera Workshop production of L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.