Thornton Keyboard Studies Department doctoral student Katelyn Vahala (’18, MM ’21) was named a Bach prize winner in piano at the 2022 International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition held July 12-23 in Leipzig, Germany. In 2019, Vahala was among the winners of the Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition, where she also won the contemporary music award.
In addition to her work as a soloist, Vahala is a dedicated chamber musician. As pianist of the Callisto Piano Trio, she was a prize winner at the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, where the trio was the youngest ensemble to ever compete in the Senior Division finals. Formed in 2011, the trio features cellist and Thornton alumna Annie Jacobs-Perkins ’18 and violinist Geneva Lewis.