Kate Thickstun joined her first chorus at the age of nine, and continued to sing throughout elementary school; junior high, (where she first soloed); high school and college. To balance out her college major in biology, Kate began to study voice. After she earned her bachelor’s degree, she left biology behind and continued her operatic training in San Francisco, where she sang with the San Francisco Bach Choir, numerous churches, and local opera and musical theater companies. After returning to San Diego to attend law school, she accepted the directorship of the choir at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, where she now has directed for over twenty-five years. Regarded as one of the finest Serbian choirs in North America, St. George Choir has performed throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, Ms. Thickstun continued performing, singing in over a dozen productions with Lyric Opera San Diego, as well as with the San Diego Opera Chorus, San Diego Master Chorale, and La Jolla Symphony & Chorus. Through her frequent participation in the Berkshire Choral Festival, Ms. Thickstun has had the opportunity to sing with some of the world’s finest choral conductors, including Robert Page, Tom Hall, Julian Wachner, Jane Glover, Phillip Brunelle, John Rutter, and Vance George.
Kate is a member of the American Choral Director’s Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, International Federation of Choral Musicians, and the San Diego District Committee of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
She lives in Point Loma with her son, two dogs and a cat. She studies karate and plans on earning her black belt in a few years.