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Kathryn Moran

Teaching Associate Professor
Theatre and Dance
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Vocal Instruction/Music Theatre

Brief biography

Praised as a “well-schooled singer with a delightfully fresh voice” (Boston Globe), the young soprano Kathryn Skemp Moran is widely recognized for her beautiful voice, compelling stage presence and sensitive musicianship.

On the operatic stage, Ms. Moran has performed a variety of roles and recently appeared with the Boston Lyric Opera as Bubikopf in The Emporer of Atlantis, where she was also featured as Flora in The Turn of the Screw. She performed with Madison Opera singing Laurie in Copland’s The Tender Land, and has been featured with Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Aspen Music Festival, and the Florida Orchestra. Under the baton of Keith Lockhart, she appeared with the Boston Pops on their Holiday Tour and with Faith Prince and Alice Ripley in The Best of Sondheim, with the Utah Symphony.

Kathryn earned a Bachelor of Music and Musical Theater degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree from Boston University. She lives in La Crosse with her husband, opera singer Liam Moran and young daughter.

Current courses at UWL

Singing for the Stage
Musical Theatre Voice



Mary Leonard and Kathryn Moran, both Theatre Arts, presented "Behind the Scenes of UWL's Little Women" at UWL's Creative Imperatives on March 3 in La Crosse.

Submitted on: Mar. 9, 2020



Joseph Anderson, Michelle Collyar, Benjamin Golden, Amanda Kolbe, Mary Leonard, Kathryn Link, Kathryn Moran and Megan Morey, all Theatre Arts, presented "Little Women" at Toland Theatre on Feb. 28 in La Crosse. The Department of Theatre Arts produced the musical, Little Women, in the Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts February 28-March 1 & March 5-8, 2020. Theatre faculty included: Mary Leonard (director), Kathryn Moran (musical director), Joseph Anderson (costume designer), Michelle Collyar (costume supervisor), Ben Golden (lighting designer), Megan Morey (scenic designer/technical director), Kathryn Link (scene shop supervisor/assistant technical director), and Amanda Kolbe (props designer/scenic artist).

Submitted on: Mar. 9, 2020



Kathryn Moran, Theatre Arts, presented "Messiah" at Viterbo University on Jan. 2 in La Crosse, WI. Kathryn Skemp Moran was the featured soprano soloist for the Choral Union/Concert Choir's performance of the "Messiah". The choral ensemble was led by Christopher Hathaway with other featured soloists included Soojin Ritterling, Matthew Curtis and Claude Cassion.

Submitted on: Jan. 2, 2020



Kathryn Moran, Theatre Arts, presented "Music by Debussy, Strauss, Bernstein and more" at Night Songs on Nov. 3, 2019 in Annett Recital Hall, UWL. Kathryn Moran, Liam Moran and UWL alumni Matt Salvo performed music from a wide range of artists and composers including Debussy, Bernstein, Berlioz, Poulene, Schubert, and more.

Submitted on: Nov. 4, 2019



Joseph Anderson, Benjamin Golden, Laurie Kincman, Mary Leonard and Kathryn Moran, all Theatre Arts, presented "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at UW-La Crosse on Sept. 6, 2019 in Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts. Faculty from the Department of Theatre Arts collaborated on the encore performance of the SummerStage production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Faculty served as followed: Mary Leonard (director), Kathryn Moran (music director), Joe Anderson (costume designer), Ben Golden (scenic/lighting designer and technical director), and Laurie Kincman (stage manager).

Submitted on: Sept. 11, 2019