Kat Vokes is a composer, vocalist and pianist based in New York. She studied classical piano for twelve years before she formally trained as an opera singer at the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music, intensively studying vocal technique under the direction of Marlene Rosen and Timothy LeFebvre. She has sung in festivals across the United States and Europe, including SongFest, Vancouver Early Music, MSM Summer Voice Festival, and Oberlin in Italy, among others. She graduated from Oberlin’s double degree program with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and a B.M. in Vocal Performance in 2013.
Eager to explore new genres, Vokes moved to New York in 2014 to pursue her love of jazz and has since performed with some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz, including Pete Zimmer, Pablo Menares and Edward Perez. Her early explorations of the genre introduced her to the art of composition and she has since proven herself to have a unique voice as a composer. Vokes is a dedicated writer of concert works, film scores and songs, and brings her diverse musical influences and passions to her writing. She has worked closely with the New York-based chamber ensemble Desdemona, and collaborates frequently with directors on filmscores. Additionally, Vokes performs her own compositions which she writes for her 5-piece band. She is signed to Ropeadope Records where she released her debut album, Clockwork, in May, 2019.
Vokes is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in composition with a focus on Screen Scoring at New York University, and is a winner of the 2018-19 NYU Film Scoring Competition. She is represented by Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC.