Teachers: Katie Guthorn

Katie Guthorn
Co-Owner / Instructor
c: 415.305.8641
email: katieg@katieg.org


KATIE GUTHORN, co-owner of The Voice Studio, has been teaching singing to individuals and groups since 1988.  A performer as well, she enjoys working with people of all ages, in most styles, in various languages, and at all levels of development.

Singing & Recording
Katie sang in Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra (later Big Bang Beat) for 25 years. In that group, she performed with Ronnie Spector, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Money, Martha Reeves, and The Doobie Brothers.  Katie’s recorded with Elvin Bishop, Freddy Roulette, Bill Spooner of The Tubes, Jerry Miller, and others. In the late 1980s, Katie sang and co-wrote a number of songs that topped the Billboard Dance Chart for Megatone Records group Modern Rocketry.  She released her first solo album, Katie Guthorn: Why Not Smile? in 2012.  Katie continues to write for and perform with local groups.

Musical Theatre Highlights
From 1992 to 2002, Katie starred in A Karen Carpenter Christmas, in San Francisco and Seattle. For this role, she was nominated as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical by the Bay Area Theatre Critics.  Other favorite roles include Bella in The Coverlettes Cover Christmas, 2008-2009, at Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre.

In addition to her work at The Voice Studio, 2000-present, Katie taught the Musical Theatre Workshop (Adult Extension) at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 2007-2009; private lessons for the University of San Francisco, Dept. of Performing Arts, 2002-2003; and lessons and classes at Blue Bear School of American Music, 1988-2000. She’s conducted workshops for West Coast Songwriters and taught at Seth Riggs’ Summer Vocal Program in Los Angeles.

Katie’s teaching is informed by her experience in singing many styles. She started as a choir girl about age seven, and continued through school and college in group talent shows, madrigal groups, and choruses, then added popular music styles, to sing in bands and perform in theatre.  

Katie can help you prepare for your performances, adding what’s desired or necessary.   She has spent decades studying and singing harmonies, and helps singers copy harmonies, or create their own.

Katie takes a practical, joyful approach to helping singers achieve their goals.  A lifelong lover of voice, she spent years studying the Speech Level Singing method, and reached the highest level, 5.  She is dedicated to you finding your own voice, incorporating healthy techniques, and utilizing your undiscovered or undervalued talents.

======Katie is available for lessons Monday through Thursday, 11-7.======


Katie meets the student where s/he is, while also showing him/her the steps to achieve the best possible technique. The result is a focused teaching style that avoids condescension, respectful of the starting place and encouraging progress.
-Kate Isenberg, Singer/Songwriter-

“I enjoyed singing as a kid but somewhere along the way I lost it. I even convinced myself that I was tone deaf. When I first told that to Katie, she laughed and told me that she could hear by the way I talked that I was not. Phew! From then on, she has put me at ease and taught me the potential of my voice. Now I’m singing Eddie Vedder! Unbelievable!”
-Mathias L.- 

“Hi Katie! I got cast in West Side Story as Teresita, and am the dance captain for the shark girls! I'm really happy with the part, and thank you for all of your help!”
-Rachel H.-

“I wanted to take a moment to write you a special thank you to let you know how grateful I am for your coaching. I am very grateful. Thank you for sharing me the gifts of your knowledge and experience. I really appreciate your helping me improve my singing and helping me connect with people and sharing ideas with me. A huge benefit is that singing and learning from you does help me in my healing process and growth, too. You are the best!”

"I have always had music in my life in some form and degree, but I have never considered pursuing formal lessons.  When I was gifted music lessons for my birthday at the Voice Studio with Katie, it opened the flood gates for realizing my love for singing and my musicality.  I find myself singing whenever and wherever possible, in front of total strangers, close friends and family, or by myself.  Katie has nourished and guided me on my musical journey and have helped me  rediscover and be inspired by the old adage that it's the journey, not the destiny.  I couldn't have imagined that when I walked through Katie's door 3 years ago, what a wonderful experience of the soul this would become.  Katie's coaching style and enthusiasm for music has only increased my passion for song.  I am both grateful and indebted.”
-Jorge M.-

"In Katie Guthorn I've found a teacher for my daughter who combines skilled teaching with sensitivity and support.  My daughter enjoys her lessons and her voice has warmed up; the tone has become more even across her entire range, and her voice sounds more supported." 
-Caryn M., singer, and mother of Elizabeth, singer

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