Kathleen Holeman has been a working jazz vocalist, pianist and trombonist in the greater Kansas City area and the Ozarks for over 30 years, performing with many great artists such as Gary Foster, Louie Bellson, Kim Park, and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. She has also performed in Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, Indiana and Georgia for festivals, series and private events. She has directed the Ray Alburn Big Band, co-directs the St. Joseph Big Band, and leads smaller combos in clubs, restaurants and private venues. She is part of a new brass quintet in St Joseph. She has been a judge at several jazz competitions, including the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championship, MWSU, NWMSU and 18th & Vine jazz festivals.
Kathleen is Director of Vocal Jazz and Jazz Piano at Missouri Western State University. She holds a Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education with a vocal certification degree from Missouri Western State College and a Master of Music degree from University of Missouri–Kansas City. She directs the Missouri Western Vocal Jazz Ensemble, formed in 2009.
Kathleen has enjoyed working in many genres of music over the years, including country, salsa and rock, and was employed as a director of church music for over 25 years. She has also enjoyed acting roles and was a music director in theater productions.
A new endeavor for Kathleen is working as a voice-over artist and narrating audiobooks. She does non-fiction and fiction books, both adult and children’s books.
Kathleen loves to bring all of this experience and knowledge to her students, helping to create well-rounded musicians and educators at Missouri Western State University. She also enjoys teaching students in her own home studio and being a clinician in area schools.