Kathleen Grace

Vocalist, songwriter, educator (USC Thornton School of Music)

“Working with Kate Conklin has fundamentally transformed who I am as an artist. It is, in fact, a challenge to put into words the breadth of her teaching’s impact. Kate introduced me to a world of effortlessness and technical freedom that I never dreamt possible. The boundaries I once felt around my instrument, its limits, have fallen away. And in its place, I have discovered room for more risk-taking, adventure, and true authenticity. This fundamental transformation has also utterly changed how I teach and engage my students in vocal work and exploration. I watch regularly as that same sense of freedom and possibility infects the voices of the next generation of professional artists. Kate’s gift is deep, patient, and profound. She is a teacher full of challenge and spark. And she is steeped in the science and the tradition of her craft. I am deeply grateful for our work together.”