KAITLYN D. TOWNSEND, mezzo-soprano, is regarded highly for her work with Baroque and early music. Noteworthy appearances include performing with The Governor’s Musick in Colonial Williamsburg and recently, as the mezzo-soprano soloist for Vivaldi’s Gloria in D major (Mary Baldwin University, Dr. Craig Robertson, director).
Other recent solo appearances have featured Ms. Townsend in the role of Susan in Alice Parker’s opera, Singers Glen, and in the role of Ottavia in Vivaldi’s The Card Game with the Virginia Baroque Academy (Arthur Haas, director). Ms. Townsend regularly collaborates with gifted harpsichordist and pianist, Angie Clemens, including in a Summer Song Series solo voice recital at James Madison University, and a holiday recital of early music at Fort Harrison in Dayton, VA. In addition to solo engagements, Ms. Townsend performs regularly with Staunton’s Bach Around the Clock Festival Choir (Paul Weber, director). Future performances include appearances with the Red Letter Consort (Charles Humphries, director), and with Madison Baroque (Dr. Jon Gibson, director).
A graduate of JMU's School of Music, Ms. Townsend has studied privately with Brenda K. Witmer, Carrie Stevens and Kathy Gardner. Vocal coaches have included Mark Rimple, Barbara Hollinshead and Judith Malafronte. Ms. Townsend resides in Harrisonburg with her husband, Don. She enjoys reading the next book in her Goodreads queue, attending concerts and traveling.