New Music Cafe to Feature Alumna

Kate Tombaugh ’07 

Feb. 23, 2017   

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University alumna Kate Tombaugh ’07 will be the guest soprano at the School of Music’s New Music Café March 9 at Illinois Wesleyan University. The recital will feature the work of guest composers Steven Weimer and David Maki.

The concert will be held at 8 p.m. March 9 in Presser Hall’s Westbrook Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

A native of Streator, Ill., Tombaugh’s experiences on stage range from musical theater to operetta and opera. She has sung professionally with operas across the country, including the Sante Fe Opera, Utah Opera/Utah Symphony, and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Tombaugh’s most recent performances include her title role as “Angelina/Cinderella” in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with the Winter Opera St. Louis in January, and her February debut with the Chicago-based Apollo Chorus in Bach’s b-minor Mass. As the winner of the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition, Tombaugh made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2013. She won the Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition in 2012 and was awarded the “Grace Keagy Award” by the NYC-based Kurt Weill Foundation. Tombaugh holds dual undergraduate degrees in English literature and vocal performance from Illinois Wesleyan, and earned her master's degree in voice from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati.

An active conductor and composer, Weimer’s work has been performed by many quartets, soloists, and music ensembles at venues spanning from Alaska to Bulgaria. Weimer is assistant professor of music at Murray State University in Kentucky. His awards include the Eta Omicron chapter’s Phi Mu Alpha Composition Contest, the CCM Concerto/Composition Competition, a grant from the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, and placing as a finalist for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Marilyn Glick Young Composers Competition. He earned a bachelor of music degree from Western Illinois University, a master’s degree in music from Bowling Green State University, and a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Cincinnati. He is married to Tombaugh.

Composer and pianist David Maki is associate professor of music and coordinator of theory and composition at Northern Illinois University’s (NIU) School of Music. His music has been performed at many regional, national, and international venues by diverse ensembles and musicians. Maki earned his bachelor’s degree in music composition from the NIU School of Music. He holds graduate degrees in composition from the University of Iowa and the University of Michigan.

By Vi Kakares ’20