Kate Soper is a New York-based composer and performer 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 likes Machaut, Henry James, and immersive theatre, and has recently drawn inspiration from the artwork of Anselm Kiefer, the writings of Anne Carson, and the films of Carl Dryer.
Kate is a recipient of a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship
and a 2013 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has received awards from the Koussevitsky Music Foundation, the Fromm Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Chamber Music Amerca, the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund, and the Music Theory Society of New York State, and has been commissioned by ALarm Will Sound, the American Composers Orchestra, Yarn/Wire, Dinosaur Annex, Line Upon Line percussion, and others. As a singer with experience in Western Classical and Indian Carnatik music, pop music, and improvisation, she performs frequently as a new music soprano, including in US and world premieres of works by Beat Furrer, George Lewis, Peter Ablinger, and Lew Spratlan. A selection of her music is available for download or purchase at Project Schott NY
, an online publishing initiative. She can be contacted for information about other works.
Kate is a co-director and vocalist for Wet Ink,
a new music ensemble dedicated to seeking out and promoting innovative music across aesthetic categories. She is Assistant Professor of Music at Smith College.