February 9, 2013
Soprano KATE CONKLIN specializes in the highly ornamented vocal music of Bulgaria. For two years, Kate was the vocalist for Cirque du Soleil’s O. In 2006, Ms. Conklin returned to Los Angeles to sing for films and new works, and to direct the acclaimed Bulgarian Vocal Ensembles at California Institute of the Arts, where she was also voice faculty.
Ms. Conklin teaches Voice, Alexander Technique and the neurobiology of performance practice. Her work has been called “simple and instantly adoptable, yet radical and groundbreaking.” She focuses on high-level performers whose work demands both excellent technique and profound artistry. Ms. Conklin works with elite performers from musical, athletic and theatrical arenas, including members of the LA Philharmonic, LA Master Chorale and Cirque du Soleil.
She has taught and lectured at The California State Summer School for the Arts, The Oakwood School, Academy of Creative Education, US Performing Arts Theater Conservatory in Los Angeles, CalArts, Pomona College, LA Music Academy, The Marlborough School, USC, UCLA and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
As a Fulbright Scholar to Bulgaria in 2002, Ms. Conklin rehearsed and performed as a member of the Academic Folk Choir of the Plovdiv Academy of Music, developing her work in regional solo repertoire, choral literature, conducting and pedagogy. She also received the LifeWorks Foundation Research Grant for Early American Folk Music in 2003 in Nashville.
Ms. Conklin is currently in development with a new solo performance piece, “Recreational Science,” written for her by Javier Navarrette (Oscar nominated composer for “Pan’s Labyrinth.”) She teaches and performs in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and the San Francisco Bay area.