Kate Soper is a composer, performer, and writer whose work explores the integration of drama and rhetoric into musical structure, the slippery continuums of expressivity, intelligibility and sense, and the wonderfully treacherous landscape of the human voice. She has been hailed by The Boston Globe as “a composer of trenchant, sometimes discomfiting, power” and by The New Yorker for her “limpid, exacting vocalism, impetuous theatricality, and mastery of modernist style.”
A Pulitzer Prize finalist, she has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, The Koussevitzky Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among others. Praised by The New York Times for her “lithe voice and riveting presence,” she performs frequently as a new music soprano and has been featured as a composer/vocalist on the MATA Festival, Miller Theatre Composer Portraits series, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series, and the LA Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series.
As a writer of fiction and non-fiction, she has been published by McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Massachusetts Review, and PAJ.
She is the Iva Dee Hiatt Professor of music at Smith College and a co-director of Wet Ink, a new music ensemble dedicated to seeking out adventurous music across aesthetic boundaries.