Taina Kataja


Finnish soprano Taina Kataja has received critical acclaim for performance of repertoire ranging from early to modern music. A top prize winner in numerous competitions in her native Finland and in Sweden, she has been a soloist in many premiere performances and recordings of choral works by prominent contemporary Finnish composers, including Einojuhani Rautavaara, Aulis Sallinen, Erik Bergman, and Joonas Kokkonen. She has produced and performed programs for the Finnish National Television as well as Finnish, Austrian, and German radio networks. She has been a featured soloist in festivals throughout Europe and in the US and with ensembles in Washington DC, Baltimore, and in the New York metropolitan area.

 Kataja is a member of NYSTA (New York Singing Teachers’ Association) and NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). She has presented workshops at the NATS National Voice Conference in Philadelphia in 2000 and at the Fifth International Congress of Voice Teachers (5ICVT) in Helsinki in 2001, sharing the program with Birgit Nilsson and Jorma Hynninen. She also has served two terms as the vice president of NJ NATS. Having completed the full course curriculum of NYSTA’s Oren L. Brown Professional Development Program, she earned the certification as a NYSTA Distinguished Voice Professional (DVP) in 2010. She was the first ever NYSTA DVP to appear as one of the six master teachers invited nationwide to present a master class for the organization’s 2012 Comparative Pedagogy course which was recorded for worldwide on-line viewing by voice pedagogy professionals. In 2014, at NYSTAs request, she developed a four-hour internet course on Finnish Diction and Vocal Repertoire for Solo Voices.

Besides being an evidence-based pedagogue, Kataja is also a trained vocologist and singing voice specialist. She has received intensive training in the management of the singing voice and has observed leading ENTs specializing in the treatment of the singing voice at the Bastian Voice Institute in Chicago and the Voice Center of St.Luke Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. In her role as a singing voice specialist, Kataja works as a member of the voice treatment team with voice professionals and medical experts and continues to consult with them on issues relating to the overall management of the singing voice and issues affecting the disordered singing voice.

  • Expertise

    Vocology and Vocal Pedagogy; Oratorio, German Lied, Scandinavian Art Song Repertoire. Degrees from Sibelius-Academy, Helsinki, Finland, and Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Vienna, Austria.

    Languages: English, Finnish, German (fluent), Swedish