Teaching Philosophy: Singing is food for the soul; it’s the communal connector; it’s the joy producer, and in many world cultures, it’s essential for a community’s daily existence. My belief is that we should encourage folks young and old to engage with their voices, as individuals and in groups, without inhibition and restriction, so they can experience the happiness that comes with singing!
Greatest Musical Influences: Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Shirley Jones
When not making music: I’m playing Pickleball, spinning vinyl at home, visiting my daughter, hanging with Foo and Paul, and volunteering with animals.
Favorite place in Maine: Cafe Creme in the town of Bath, Maine
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Kathy Slack has had an extensive career in both academia and theater/music. She holds a BA in Theater/Speech with a Voice Minor from Ithaca College, and a MA in Communication Studies from the University of Maine/Orono. Newly retired from teaching for the University of Maine system for over 25 years, she now devotes her time to teaching Voice at 317 Main and in her home Voice studio.
Kathy has been on many stages including doing musical theater in Baltimore, and playing roles Off and Off-Off Broadway ( Dark Lady of the Sonnets and Frankenstein ; National Arts Theater; Robert Sterling, Director). She had a couple of stints in film and TV, the latter as a Nurse in the NBC soap, The Doctors (no longer aired). During the summer of 2014, Kathy wrote a one woman show, The Not So Forgotten Brother, (dedicated to her late Schizophrenic brother), which she performed at The Barrow Group, Off Broadway.
Once a member of the renowned a cappella group, Improvox , she continues to sing in a variety of projects including the Cabaret show, Bad Girls, developed by the late, great Julie Goell.
Kathy works with all kinds of repertoire, and has been trained in both classical and contemporary, styles including Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Folk, Rock, and Musical Theater.