Vinton native Katherine (Hancock) Stuelke will be performing vocal selections representing two unique project she is working on at a 2 p.m. recital next Sunday, March 18, in the Vinton-Shellsburg High School auditorium.
Katherine, the daughter of Mark Hancock and Jennifer Bliss, began singing for her family before she had reached age 2, and began performing in ACT 1 shows and summer camps at around age 5.
“She used to stand on the coffee table – her stage – and sing for us when she was not yet age 2,” says Katie’s mom. “This is certainly a dream that is long-standing and progressing.”
Now a sophomore at Luther College with many music scholarships, Katherine first performed with her dad to do Shirley Temple’s “Animal Crackers in My Soup” for the Act I variety show when she was around age 6. She later appeared as Grettle in Act I’s “Sound of Music” and also appeared with her dad on the Act I stage in “90 Degrees in the Shade” and “Oklahoma”
AT age 13, she played the role of Patrice in the ACT 1 production of “13.” It was there that she met her future husband, Ian, who also had leading role in that musical.
Katherine finished her high school career At Center Point-Urbana, where her musical opportunities included she playing Ado Annie in “Oklahoma” and Nancy in “Oliver. At CPU, she received Best Female Vocalist honors in four different show choir competitions during her senior year and was named Best Female Vocalist at the Cedar Rapids Washington Jazz Choir contest.
At Luther, as a sophomore, she earned a spot in the Nordic Choir and will be touring in Germany this spring. She also has auditioned and made it into an Italian opera program for the summer where she will live in Italy and perform.
Recently, Katherine, a soprano, learned that she has received the $5,000 Brudos Prizes for Opera Performance, which honors and assists talented Luther students with the expenses involved in pursuing careers in opera.
Refreshments will follow the free-will offering recital. Donations will help cover the cost of the Nordic Choir trip, as well as Katherine’s participation in the Italian opera program, “La Musica Lirica.