ABOUT MS. KATHY
Ms. Kathy Gibson leads a strong and dynamic Vocal Department at TPC which offers professional-level instruction for voice students ranging from children through seasoned, working pros. When not teaching at TPC, she serves on the Music Department Faculty at Cornerstone University and Aquinas College as a contemporary vocal music specialist. She also teaches Intro To Theatre and Musical Theatre Performance Workshop classes for CU, and she teaches voice in the nationally recognized Musical Theatre Department at Western Michigan University.
For nearly three decades Kathy has instructed world-class singers. She uses the Somatic Voicework® (SVW) method which is Jeannette LoVetri’s body-based system of vocal technique training for Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM).
Ms. Kathy Gibson is known for her mastery of a variety of styles and musical genres. She has performed jazz, The American Songbook, pop, opera, and musical theatre in venues ranging from the classroom to the concert stage. A recipient of numerous awards, she was notably the silver medalist at the American Traditions Singing Competition in Savannah, GA, and a Star Search regional winner.
Teaching tomorrow’s stars: When not performing, Kathy is passionate about teaching singing to all ages from nine years of age through adults. Kathy has many former students working in the industry, including Broadway, cruise ships, concert tours, theme parks, Las Vegas productions, film, and more. She has also traveled the country giving Master Classes and workshops. Ms. Gibson graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Jazz/Vocal Performance from Aquinas College and returned to teach voice there.
Recordings include: The Pink Album, Not Since Prom, with Motown Band “Sounds Like Fun”, Taking A Chance On Love with River City Jazz Ensemble and I Love A Piano, with Rich Ridenour. She completed two Allied Arts (formerly United Artists) National concert tours with pianist Rich Ridenour to rave reviews.
Symphony Pops Concert Performances include Grand Rapids, The Organizacion par alas Artes Guatemala City, Midland, Elgin IL, Ocean City NJ, Charlotte NC, Tucson AZ, Portland ME, Lafayette IN and Bijou Symphony Orchestras.
Musical Theater Roles: Eva Peron (Evita), Velma (Chicago), The Old Lady (Candide). Kathy is a 6 time Grand Award recipient for performances in Big Eddie/Little Eddie (Grey Gardens) Mrs. Lovett (Sweeny Todd), Mama Rose (Gypsy), and Fosca (Passion). She was a featured artist in the LA World Premiere of Love Handles and So You Wanna Be On Broadway at The Lambs Theatre in New York. Operas include Die Fledermaus (Ida), La Traviata (Flora), The Merry Widow (Sylvianne).
Director and Choreography Credits include Baby, The World Goes Round, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Beauty and the Beast, Smokey Joe’s Café, and received a special Grand Award for her production of Beehive. She also won a Grand Award for her vocal direction on The Spitfire Grill.
As a Soloist: One of her favorite concerts was opening for Bob Newhart to a sold-out house in Elgin IL. She also sang with the band that opened for Jay Leno at Laughfest 2014. Kathy has long been swinging tunes with The River City Jazz Ensemble who have performed for the Governor’s Inaugural Ball and four past Presidents. Her vocal work also encompasses jingles, studio work, and original compositions.