Teaching PhilosophyMusic education is essential to humanity because of its embedded role in society as the intersection of the sciences and humanities — of mathematics, physics, history and language. Music is an immutable part of the experience of being human. I aim for my students to develop their technical and musicianship skills to advance toward the mastery of their musical instrument. The voice lesson should be a collaboration between student and teacher, and a healthy and fun experience, with emphasis on progress toward specific goals using a variety of music that appeals to the student. I love teaching students of all ages and levels, and I’ve helped former students get accepted into District and All State Festivals and music programs at colleges, including Anna Maria College in Worcester and Berklee School of Music in Boston.
Katherine Engel Meifert has extensive experience as both a professional vocalist and educator. She is a mezzo soprano who regularly performs at the Advent Church of Boston and St. John’s Church in Worcester. Katherine also concertizes, records, and tours with Labyrinth Choir. She has performed in New York, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Canada, Italy, Spain, Austria, and the Czech Republic. She enjoys collaborating on recording premieres for contemporary composers and has worked for Ashi Day, Roger Lister, and Eriks Esenvalds. Katherine is also a character actress, and her favorite onstage roles include Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, Lady Thiang in The King & I, Mrs. Cratchit in Scrooge, Francesca in Nine, and Dame Carruthers in Yeomen of the Guard. In addition to her performing work, Katherine has directed many Broadway shows and operettas for community theater groups in Eastern Massachusetts, including Nice Work if You Can Get It, Spamalot, Anything Goes, Pirates of Penzance, and Gondoliers. She was proud to direct the NEGASS choir’s 2016 appearance on the NPR show “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.” Katherine was formerly a music teacher in the Clinton Public Schools, where she taught Band, Chorus, Electronic Music, and group instrument lessons; as well as leading the Drama Club and Contemporary Music Club.