“Their daughter Anna benefited from the light soprano of Caitlin Andrews Shirley.” — Bloomington, IN Herald Times (The Merry Wives of Windsor)
“The duet…was sung by Caitlin Andrews [Shirley] and Johanna Nordhorn. Each soloist had a beautiful, resonant tone, and their voices blended well in this poignant duet.” — Columbus, IN Republic (Mass in B Minor)
Noted for her colorful lyric soprano and vivacious stage presence, Caitlin Shirley is emerging as a standout in the Chicago classical music scene. Highlights of the 2013-14 season include Haydn’s Creation on tour with Music of the Baroque in southern California, and the cabaret “Love and Marriage” as part of the Governors State University “Opera Up Close” series. She will also appear this season with the Chicago Symphony Chorus and Soli Deo Gloria’s Chicago Bach Project. Recent solo engagements include Adina in L’elisir d’amore with “Opera Up Close” and Uxor Pilati in the St. Matthew Passion with the Chicago Bach Project. She has sung over several seasons with such renowned Chicago ensembles as the Grant Park Symphony chorus and the Lyric Opera of Chicago chorus.
Caitlin has been recognized by the Metropolitan Opera National Council with two Encouragement Awards (in 2011 from the Wisconsin District, and in 2010 from the Mississippi/West Tennessee District). She was the recipient of the Bellini Award of the Orpheus National Vocal Competition (2008), and was awarded 3rd Place in the Irma M. Cooper Opera Columbus International Vocal Competition, Junior Division (2007).
As a soloist she has appeared with symphonic organizations throughout the Midwest, notably in Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor with the Bloomington Chamber Singers and Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Columbus Philharmonic. An avid chamber musician, she performed Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilieras no. 5 at Chicago’s Heaven Gallery.
As a 2009 Apprentice Artist with Sugar Creek Symphony and Song, Caitlin covered the role of Laurie Moss in The Tender Land. During summer 2008, she was an Apprentice Artist with Ash Lawn Opera, where she performed the role of Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady.
Shirley received a Master of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she sang Ann Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, and Mrs. Hayes in Susannah. For the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she received a Bachelor of Music, she performed the title role in Haydn’s La Canterina as well as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro.