Kate Lasco is a Cleveland musician with background and expertise in classical piano and voice, jazz studies, and musical theater performance.
As a pianist and soprano, Kate’s musical voice has been described as “uniquely and beautifully textured” and “with a sound that comes from deep in the soul.” She believes that musicians are healers, and the goal for both pianists and vocalists seeking mastery is to uncover and express their true voice.
Kate currently serves as Pianist for the Community Church of Chesterland and has accompanied and directed choral and musical theater performances at the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, Willoughby Fine Arts Association, Burton Congregational Church, Claridon Congregational Church, First United Church of Middlefield, Berkshire High School, and Notre Dame Cathedral Latin High School. Her performance experience includes ensemble and solo recitals at Ohio University, Heidelberg University, Bowling Green State University, Miami University of Ohio; musical theater roles such as “Marty” in Grease; and solo/ensemble performances at numerous local and regional venues.
Kate studied classical piano at the Ohio University School of Music under the direction of internationally acclaimed composer and performer Andrew Gribou, as well as jazz piano with Sean Parsons. In her earlier years, she was awarded Top Student in Music from Berkshire High School and earned top ratings for her piano performances at the Ohio High School Solo and Ensemble Events.
Kate studied voice at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) with soprano Emily Stauch. She has also studied with Grammy-award winning jazz vocalist Kim Nazarian and performed in master classes for popular artists such as Jonatha Brooke and IMPACT Acapella. At Ohio University, Kate was director of sopranos for the Tempo Tantrums, an all-female acapella group, and sang with the Ohio University Women’s Ensemble. She received additional instruction from the Bowling Green Vocal Arts Summer Program.
As a lifelong learner, Kate has studied jazz piano with Jackie Warren, jazz voice with Reggie Bowens, and theory and ear training in the Tri-C Jazz Studies Program (a global partner of the Berklee College of Music). She holds an Associate of Arts in Music from Cuyahoga Community College. Kate continues to expand her knowledge of classical, jazz, and contemporary music with an emphasis on modern harmonic techniques.
Kate is a member of the Steinway Educators Partnership, and all lessons at The Ivory School take place on a Boston baby grand piano (a Steinway instrument). She is also an Associate Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).