Katie Hatanaka is a conductor, teacher, and soprano from Markham, Ontario. She recently graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice performance studying under the guidance of Bethany Horst and choral conducting with Kathleen Allan and Dr. Mark Ramsay. Katie ignited her passion for vocal music at the age of 6 through joining the Toronto Children’s Chorus and has continued to sing in various choirs since including Les Choristes, Western University Singers, and MSC’s Sehnsucht. Through an opportunity in her final year at Western to participate as one of six student conductors at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s inaugural symposium, “Lift Every Voice” (2022), Katie cultivated a love for choral conducting and has since been pursuing opportunities to further her skills as a choral conductor. She is currently the assistant conductor with Concreamus and is emerging artist with the Guelph Chamber Choir.