All About New Groove’s Teaching Artist Katie Hahn

Meet Katie

Greetings! My name is Katie Hahn. I am a Soprano and Teaching Artist, and I teach voice lessons, piano lessons, and combination lessons to students of all ages!

I grew up in East Stroudsburg, PA in a region popularly known as the Poconos. I was fortunate enough to attend a school district with a strong K-12 music program included in the curriculum. I joined the elementary school band and choir as soon as I could, and found that I had a natural musicality. My innate musicianship was nurtured by some amazing teachers, I was given solos and the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and learn to be a musician. 

A turning point in my childhood was when I found theater. While I was a bit reserved off-stage, on-stage I could flip a switch and become someone new and outgoing. I loved it. In 6th grade, my first musical was Alice in Wonderland Jr. and I landed the role of Alice. I remember feeling so rewarded and seen – I had found where I belonged. Outside of school, I found community theaters to perform with as well. I adored the whole process of musical production, it is a collaborative, team effort that takes weeks to put together. The bond that is made during the rehearsal process between directors, cast members, choreographers, and crew is unforgettable. It teaches trial and error, and challenges you to put yourself out there. I was addicted to the adrenaline rush of performing, the reward of the process, and the friendships made along the way.

“I was a bit reserved off-stage, on-stage I could flip a switch and become someone new and outgoing. I loved it.”

When it came to deciding what to do after high school, I knew I wanted to go to college, but pursuing singing was scary and impractical. My parents had doubts, and I had self-doubt. My junior and senior year of high school were formative years that influenced my future, I had risen to the top of the music community at my high school and achieved my goals. I was performing often, and had dedicated myself to music. What else would I pursue as my career? 

I proved my parents wrong, and with encouragement from my mentors, I found myself accepted to the University of the Arts for musical theater and Temple University for vocal performance. I had a decision to make – should I continue to train my voice classically or expand my talents in musical theater? 

In the end, I chose the study of voice. I realized that I loved musical theater because I loved being a singing actor. I am so happy I chose to study vocal performance, I have grown tremendously and come into my own as a young artist. I have performed in operatic roles with Temple University Opera Theater, sang as a concert soloist with Temple University’s Concert Choir, and attended the Young Artist program SongFest in Los Angeles, CA. 

My passion and drive has brought me so far, and I hope to inspire my students to abandon their comfort zones and find their passion for music. Music brings people together, it is the universal language that allows us to express ourselves and share our stories with others. 

More About Me

What I Teach: Voice Lessons (all levels), Piano Lessons (beginner), Combo voice and piano lessons (Great for beginners or multi-talented!)

Styles I teach: musical theater, opera, classical, pop, and more!

Locations: Lessons in Philadelphia, PA and Virtual Lessons

Education Background: Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from Temple University, 2021

Recent Performance: Flora in Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten

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