“The advocacy for the individual and the advocacy for their listening and their participation as chamber musicians is essential...”

— Katherine Skovira & Robert Whalen converse on the birth of the Barnes Ensemble in Verso, the Barnes's podcast series

"News, news, news has a kind of mystery" - Nixon in China

November 18, 2018
Katherine joins the Delaware County Symphony Chamber Series for a performance of Schubert's Auf dem Strom.

October 11-21, 2018
Katherine is to curate and perform in the Philadelphia Orchestra's Barnes-Stokowski Festival in Fall 2018. More details soon to come!

December17, 2017
Known for creating space for innovative concert programming in alternative venues, Katherine Skovira performed "for no one" (WHYY -  read more here) deep inside the Free Library of Philadelphia’s active construction zone of its century-old 5,000 sq ft stacks. The concert series celebrates the 2018 deconstruction / reconstruction of the Library. Its initial program, with flutist Anna Urrey, included works by Schoenberg, Debussy, Aperghis, Gubaidulina, Corigliano, and Rands, with forthcoming video documentary of the Free Library's new 40,000 sq ft cultural center for the Philadelphia arts community.

For more information, please visit and read more here.

September 30 - October 8, 2017
The Barnes Ensemble Premiere Festival

The Barnes Ensemble launches this month in celebration of the Five-Year Anniversary at the Barnes Foundation. The debut festival includes the JACK Quartet and composers-in-residence Chaya Czernowin and Eric Wubbels, with Music Director Robert Whalen and the World Premiere of Clara Iannotta's dead wasps in a jam-jar (ii) (2017). Twenty String Fellows from around the world join the Barnes Ensemble for this nine-day festival of contemporary music, with performances across Philadelphia from September 30 - October 8!

For more information, visit the Barnes Ensemble on the web:

September 20, 2017
Barnes Ensemble 2018 Fellowships Live!

Applications for 2018 are live now through November 6 at

Be among the first to see our release of further information on the artists and repertoire in 2018.

June 18, 2017
The Barnes Foundation received this review from the Philadelphia Inquirer for our work on Vigilia. Congratulations to Robert Whalen for an excellent evening!

February 12, 2017
Katherine joins the Delaware County Symphony Chamber Series for a performance of Ravel's Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé.

January 27, 2017
Katherine will sing the World Premiere of Robert Whalen's i carry your heart in a program meditating on silence, displacement, and alienation. With works by contemporary composers Georges Aperghis, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Bernard Rands, and David Lehman's Mythologies, read by the poet himself, this performance also includes the US premiere of Ann Cleare's eyam i (it takes an ocean not to) with noted contemporary music clarinetist Carol McGonnell at the Barnes Foundation, January 27, 2017 at 8pm. For tickets, visit

Read the preview of this event and music coming to the Barnes Foundation in the Philadelphia Inquirer and listen further on WRTI: 

July 23, 2016
Katherine joins the Opera Company of Brooklyn in the title role of La Cenerentola on July 23.

June 19-25 2016
As Invited Soloist and Fellow, Katherine will sing Kurtág's Einige Sätze aus den Südelbuchern Georg Christoph Lichtenbergs, Rands' Memo 7, Ives' Sunrise, Cage's The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs, and selections from Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire, as well as the music of Vinko Globokar with the composer, in an upcoming concert series with the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory. She will also serve as Voice and Diction Coach in the World Premiere of Nicholas Vines' In Defence of Toads, with boy soprano William Drury and the faculty of the Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice of New England Conservatory.

November 2015 - 2016
Katherine joins the musicians of the Delaware County Symphony in concerts through their 2017 season, including the music of Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Ravel, Debussy, and arias of Rossini and Bellini, including a Gala performance.

May - June 2015
Katherine participates in SongFest 2015 in Los Angeles as New Music Fellow. This position is reserved for a singer demonstrating "outstanding potential in the field of new music." She will perform under the direction of Lucy Shelton, Dawn Upshaw, Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Ann Murray and the faculty of SongFest in a month-long fellowship of concerts and masterclasses.

August 2014
Barbara Hannigan has selected Katherine as Invited Soloist in Berio's Coro, under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle at the Lucerne Festival. Katherine will work with Ms. Hannigan in a weeklong masterclass and concert series as part of the Lucerne Festival on works ranging from Mozart to Schoenberg to Hindemith and beyond.

May - July 2014
Katherine has been invited on full fellowship to the Castleton Festival to workshop the role of Julia in Lorin Maazel's opera 1984, in collaboration with the Maestro, Dietlinde Turban Maazel, and the faculty of the Castleton Festival.

Stay tuned for more news to come!