Catherine McCord Larsen, soprano, is an active soloist in performances of oratorio and chamber music throughout the country. Her recent solo appearances include Bach’s Mass in B-minor with the Fresno Community Chorus and members of the Fresno symphony conducted by Anna Hamre, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Mesabi Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sergei Bogza, Poulenc’s Gloria and Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise with the Mississippi Valley Orchestra conducted by Henry Charles Smith, and Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium (Christmas Oratorio) with the Peoria Bach Festival conducted by John Jost in Illinois.
Ms. McCord Larsen was the soprano soloist in the Lyra Baroque Orchestra’s performances of Handel’s Messiah conducted by Jacques Ogg in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Arvo Pärt's Magnificat with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Hugh Wolf. She performed various baroque opera roles with the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra conducted by Gregory Maldonado and as part of the I Nakamichi Early Music Series conducted by Nicolas McGegan.
Her summer musical activities have encompassed performances with the Carmel and Oregon Bach Festivals conducted by Bruno Weil and Helmuth Rilling and Mozart Festival in San Luis Obispo, California. She is a regular featured soloist in faculty chamber music recitals and Bach Cantata Sunday services in connection with Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival where she has served as a member of the voice faculty since 2004.
Ms. McCord Larsen's professional choral affiliations have included memberships in the Dale Warland Singers, Los Angeles Master Chorale and I Cantori. She is also a featured soloist in I Cantori ‘s A Choir of Angels recording of Early Music of the Americas.
A versatile singer with many years of film and commercial experience, Ms. McCord Larsen is a member of SAG/AFTRA and has performed on various motion picture sound track recordings including Empire of the Sun, Hook, Grand Canyon, Simple Twist of Fate and Star Trek Generations.
Prior to her recent relocation to the Central Coast region of California, Ms. McCord Larsen served on the voice faculty at University of Northwestern-St. Paul where she taught private and class voice for nineteen years. She also was a member of the voice faculty at Glendale Community College in Southern California. Ms. McCord Larsen is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), a judge/clinician for vocal Solo and Ensemble competitions including the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, Thursday Musical and Schubert Club, and holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of California-Santa Barbara and a Master of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts.