Katherine Kaufman Posner

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I provide tuition online via Skype or in my studio in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Beginners and Adults of any age are welcome. Call to find out more!

What is Bel Canto?

I teach Bel Canto. Bel canto translates as “beautiful song.” Actually, it is several things.

About Katherine

A proponent of a functional approach to singing, based on an understanding of the nature and physiology of the vocal mechanism. Her teaching brings about a transformative experience leading to healthy, free, and beautiful singing.

Why do I teach singing?

I teach singing because I consider singing to be a tremendously BIG DEAL. There is an ancient tradition that sound is spirit in action. If so, then making sound is an act of expressing the spirit in us. I believe this. Our voices express our very nature and creative power.

Wait! Breathe! Sing!

A short video documentary, detailing Katherine’s teaching style, vocal style, and singing technique along with 10 tracks from "Sweet Harmony" by Katherine Kaufman Posner.


Connect with me below

Whether you’d like to schedule online vocal lessons or follow-up with a question, I’d love to hear from you! Please use the form below to write me a message.

Directly below, you’ll find both quotes and resource titles that can help you on your singing journey.

If you would like to listen to great singing in the bel canto tradition, this website includes lists, by voice type, of great singers I admire. Most of them you can find online in various websites.

“If the characteristics of a sound the singer wishes to produce are unclear in his own mind, little, if anything can be done to compel him to produce successfully a sound possessing such characteristics.”
–Sergius Kagen, On Studying Singing

“Take a breath, and then forget about it.”
–Jan Peerce, The Bluebird of Happiness (autobiography)

“The elementary qualities of good vocalization are: firstly, perfect intonation; secondly, equality of note value; thirdly, equality of strength; fourthly, equality of degree of legato; and fifthly, harmony of timbres.”
–Manuel Garcia, Hints on Singing

Books by Cornelius Reid:

  • Bel Canto: Principles and Practices (1972)
  • The Free Voice (1972)
  • Voice: Psyche and Soma (1999) 
  • A Dictionary of Vocal Terminology (1983)
  • Essays on the Nature of Singing (1992)

The above are available from:

Classical Vocal Reprints

Honoring Cornelius Reid:

  • The Modern Singing Master (December 2004) 

Is available from:
Scarecrow Press
4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706
Phone: (800) 462-6420

A book by Sergius Kagen:

  • On Studying Singing (1960)

Is available from: Amazon (and used book dealers on line)

My Inspiration

Many talented singers have inspired me over the years, probably too many to mention. There are those, however, that deserve special mention and are listed here:

  • Luisa Tetrazzini
  • Mary Garden
  • Amelita Galli-Curci
  • Alma Gluck
  • Frida Leider
  • Kirsten Flagstad
  • Rosa Ponselle
  • Hellen Traubel
  • Zinka Milanov
  • Dorothy Kirsten
  • Eleanor Steber
  • Birgit Nilsson
  • Eileen Farrell
  • Renata Tebaldi
  • Leonie Rysanek
  • Regine Crespin
  • Montserrat Caballe
  • Martina Arroyo
  • Teresa Stratas
  • Gladys Swarthout
  • Jennie Tourel
  • Ebe Stigniani
  • Regina Resnik
  • Christa Ludwig
  • Rosalind Elias
  • Teresa Berganza
  • Ernestine Schumann-Heink
  • Louise Homer
  • Maureen Forrester
  • Enrico Caruso
  • Leo Slezak
  • John McCormack
  • Tito Schipa
  • Beniamino Gigli
  • Lauritz Melchior
  • Jan Peerce
  • Josef Schmidt
  • Jussi Bjoerling
  • Nicolai Gedda
  • Jon Vickers
  • Fritz Wunderlich
  • Luciano Pavarotti
  • Placido Domingo
  • Tita Ruffo
  • Lawrence Tibbett
  • Leonard Warren
  • Herman Prey
  • Feodor Chaliapin
  • Ezio Pinza
  • George London
  • Cesare Siepi
  • Giorgio Tozzi
  • Norman Treigle
  • Walter Berry
  • Thomas Quasthoff

About Me

A proponent of a functional approach to singing, based on an understanding of the nature and physiology of the vocal mechanism. Her teaching brings about a transformative experience leading to healthy, free, and beautiful singing. Katherine has a reputation as a gifted, caring and down-to-earth instructor who is highly successful in leading singers to increased vocal health and high level performing ability.

In 1965, Katherine became a student of the world-renowned Cornelius L. Reid, author of five highly respected books on singing, including The Free Voice and Bel Canto: Principles and Practices.  She became deeply committed to understanding and also replicating the teaching of the Italian masters of the bel canto tradition.


Katherine Kaufman captivated…She gave notice of a major talent.

Los Angeles Times

“The hit of the evening was Katherine Kaufman. Her voiced matched… her ability to communicate with the audience.”

OPERA, London

“…the most brilliant was Katherine Kaufman…strong-voiced, well-controlled and superbly comic…”

Oakland Tribune

A Special Thank You:

I am a disciple of the world-renowned Cornelius Reid, rediscoverer of the principles of the bel canto tradition. I was also was fortunate to study under the great Elisabeth Parham who was a professor of voice at Oklahoma University, and who guided me to a national award in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. I will always be grateful to these two teachers who changed my life and made it possible for me not only to be successful as a singer, but also to teach in a way that enables the human voice to be as nature intended, to function correctly and therefore to be beautiful and free.

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