vocally gifted artist."
- Suzanne Torrey, ConcertoNet.com
Catheryne Shuman, a native of Fishers, Indiana, has been praised as "an elegant, vocally gifted artist," (Suzanne Torrey, ConcertoNet.com) with "a striking instrument," (Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer). A young dramatic soprano, Ms. Shuman has performed across America and currently resides in Chicago with her husband and dog.
Ms. Shuman has been active in Young Artist programs around the country for the past 5 years and has been awarded prizes in several national competitions. In 2016, she was the National Orpheus Vocal Competition J. Howard & Janie Young Young Artist Grand Prize Winner.
Following her win at the National Orpheus Vocal Competition, she was a Young Artist at Des Moines Metro Opera, where she was featured in their ensemble as well as in several scenes and concerts.
In 2015, Ms. Shuman had the pleasure of being an Apprentice Artist during Jay Lesenger’s final season at Chautaqua Opera. While there, she covered Lady Macbeth and performed in two concerts with the acclaimed Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra under the batons of Maestro James Meena and Maestro Stuart Chafetz.
Previously, Ms. Shuman was a Studio Artist with Sarasota Opera, singing the role of Isaure in Verdi's rarely-performed Jérusalem. She also had the opportunity to cover Leonora in Il trovatore, one of her favorite roles. Ms. Shuman has also participated in Chicago Opera Theater’s Young Artists Program, performing as Rita in Shostakovich’s operetta, Moscow, Cheryomushki. She also covered the title role in Verdi’s Joan of Arc and First Lady in The Magic Flute.
Ms. Shuman graduated from the Professional Diploma in Opera program at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. While studying under Judith Haddon and being coached by Scott Gilmore, she had the honor to sing the role of Helen for the Chicago premiere of Daron Aric Hagen’s Amelia. For this role Ms. Shuman was praised by John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune for her “rich voice.” With the Chicago College of Performing Arts, she also graced Chicago’s stages as Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Babs in Daron Aric Hagen’s New York Stories.
While living in Chicago, Ms. Shuman was an active member of Eugenia Cheng’s Chicago Liederstube and NLP Opera, singing Sieglinde in Act I of Die Walküre. She also performed as Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos) in a Strauss and Gluck concert with Ms. Cheng, reprising a favorite role she first took on while studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Ms. Shuman competed in the Wisconsin District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, advancing to the 2015 and 2016 Upper Midwest Regionals. She won second prize at the Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition in Miami in 2015, and was a 2014 semi-finalist at The Elizabeth Connell Prize for Dramatic Sopranos.
In addition to her work on the operatic stage, Ms. Shuman also performs in a number of concerts across the country. In 2014 She was invited to sing the soprano solo from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra and Community Choir under the direction of Joel Smirnoff. She also performed with the Duke University Symphony Orchestra for the university’s 2012 Verdi Gala and as Countess Almaviva in a shortened version of Le nozze di Figaro at the inaugural concert of the Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ms. Shuman received a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying under Clifford Billions, and a Bachelor of Music degree from DePauw University, studying under Caroline B. Smith.