Kathleen Cronie began her studies at The University of Aberdeen, graduating with an MA in French and Gaelic Studies, before moving on to complete a Bachelor of Music Degree at The Ian Tomlin Academy of Music at Edinburgh Napier University, graduating with first class honours and also winning The Harold Gray Prize for Singing.
After spending time working in London as a Talent Scout, she then returned to Scotland and graduated with Distinction from the MMus in Vocal Music (Conducting) at The University of Aberdeen. Kathleen has been awarded a number of scholarships and prizes including The James Lobban Conducting Scholarship, The Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursary and a King’s College Chapel Scholarship.
Kathleen is currently engaged in doctoral research in choral pedagogy, specifically the teaching of vocal skills to amateur choral singers. She also works as a singing teacher at the North East of Scotland Music School.
Kathleen is an experienced conductor and MD. She began her conducting career with Aberdeen Gaelic Choir, leading them on their Canadian tour and in competition at the Vancouver Mod. Spurred on by this success, Kathleen began to seek out conducting opportunities and training courses and studied with George Hurst at Canford Summer School of Music, Michael Harris at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh and later worked with Scottish conductor Christopher Gray (Scottish Opera, Connect).
You can find out more about Kathleen at www.kathleencronie.com
Our repertoire is as diverse as our membership and includes simple rounds, popular music, traditional music, light classics, festive and seasonal songs, early American shape-note songs, lesbian/gay anthems, and of course, show tunes. We have a talented team of musicians who work with Karen to plan and arrange our growing repertoire.
The choir’s origins were found in a singing class set up by the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing and run by Emily Isaacson. Following a performance in Sala, the group grew to 25 and formed a fully-fledged choir under the leadership of Karen Dietz. We now have over 60 members.
After many years of dedicated and heart-felt service, Karen resigned as musical director in August 2018. We wish her all the very best in her future endeavours.