Teachers: Katie Guthorn
BIO / RESUME
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.
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.
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
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
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
available for lessons Monday through Thursday, 11-7.======
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!
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!”
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!”
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
"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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