Karolyn Lee Gholston, soprano, has gained a stellar reputation in operatic and recital works in the Central Ohio. She is native of Altoona, Pennsylvania and received a BA from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in music performance. She went on to earn her M.M in Performance/Pedagogy from The Ohio University. She has won first place in the National Association for Teachers of Singing Competition, Chad Williamson Scholarship Competition and second place in the Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Recent opera engagements have included the role of Annie in Opera Columbus’ world premiere The Flood workshop, Anna (Donna Anna) in Opera Columbus’ production of #UncleJohn which is an adaptation of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and the Infirmary Nun in Opera Project Columbus’ production of Suor Angelica. Karolyn will also be a guest artist in Opera Columbus’ Voice of Freedom program later this fall. Other roles include Lucia in Nino Rota’s I Due Timidi with Opera Project Columbus, Musetta in La Bohèmé with the first collaboration of Shadow Box and Opera Columbus’s “Opera on the Edge”, Musetta in the Firewater Arts Festival, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte in Firenze, Italy, with Florence Voice Seminar, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Minty Rabbit in Barefoot and Clorinda in La Cenerentola with the Opera Columbus Outreach and Education program.
Along with her concert and solo work she has done extensive chorus work in Aida, Madama Butterfly, La Bohèmé, The Pearl Fishers and Turandot all with Opera Columbus. Karolyn also teaches private voice in her studio in Dublin, Ohio.