Soprano Kaitlyn Lusk
Kaitlyn Lusk has quickly gained national acclaim and won the hearts of audiences everywhere with her incredible voice and captivating presence. Since making her major orchestral singing debut with the Baltimore Symphony in 2003 at the age of 14, she has been sought after for solo appearances with many of the nation’s leading orchestras. Show-stopping performances at the New Year's Eve showcase with the Boston Pops led by Keith Lockhart and a follow-up engagement with the premier pops orchestra featuring her refreshing renditions of classic MGM songs made famous by the young Judy Garland garnered her standing ovations from the sold out concerts.
In her already impressive career she has demonstrated extraordinary versatility and musical depth. Since the fall of 2004, Kaitlyn has been the featured vocal soloist in Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings Symphony. She has performed this role with over twenty-five orchestras in the United States and Canada from the Philadelphia Orchestra to the San Francisco Symphony, and from the Houston Symphony to the Minnesota Orchestra.
She has performed with world-class conductors including Keith Lockhart, Alexander Mickelthwate, Allaistar Willis, Stuart Malina, Nicolas Palmer, Markus Huber and in January 2007, Kaitlyn performed with Maestro John Mauceri and the legendary Gewandhaus Orchestra in her European debut in Leipzig. With the success of her debut and her return to Vienna and Krakow, she is beginning to captivate audiences not only in America, but all across the world. In the summer of 2007, as part of an encore performance of The Lord of the Rings Symphony with the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra, she once again performed with Howard Shore, who in 2005 invited Kaitlyn to perform the Academy Award®-winning song Into The West as part of the Grammy Honors of Howard Shore in New York City.
In addition to her live performances, Kaitlyn’s first studio album, No Looking Back, features some of the finest musicians and songwriters in the industry today. The project was produced by the award-winning composer and arranger, Kim Scharnberg, whose initial response to Kaitlyn’s voice reflects the feelings of anyone lucky enough to hear her sing: “I heard Kaitlyn's demo,” says Scharnberg, “I had to meet her. I had to hear her sing.”
Whether it is the interpretations of her original songs, music of the young Judy Garland, or the epic score to The Lord Of The Rings, Kaitlyn always delivers the same youthful exuberance matched with poise beyond her years. “To me what makes a great singer is how well they express the meaning of a song to those who are listening,” says Kaitlyn. “When I sing, I search inside myself to find my feelings and thoughts, expressing every lyric, and tinting every phrase with my own emotions.”