Katy Raucher is an established singer, teacher and songwriter specializing in a range of contemporary genres from jazz and soul to musical theatre and pop. Originally from Boulder, CO. USA they are currently based out of Hobart, Tasmania.
Performing extensively in music theatre and classical music throughout their early life, Katy relocated to Australia in 2008 to study music at The University of Tasmania. She soon began writing, recording and performing her own material and formed the band 'Katy and the 3rd Row" which won a chance to perform at the Marian Bay Falls Festival, and in 2013 they recorded and released their debut self-titled album of original material 'Katy and the 3rd Row.'
In late 2014, Katy graduated with First Class Honours from the UTAS Conservatorium of music, with a focus on vocal technique and the application of jazz techniques in modern musical theatre. Following her graduation, Katy toured the USA as a feature soloist with the Southern Gospel Choir and continues to regularly perform with the choir to this day.
Katy released her second album "Little Old You" in 2016 in collaboration with Tasmanian guitarist Mark Schmalfuss featuring original jazz compositions inspired by the recordings of Ella Fitgerald and Joe Pass. The duo continues to perform and write music together regularly, with a second duo album in the works.
In 2019 their poignant song "Me Too" was played in New York for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Woman.
In early 2023 Katy released their third album of original works with their blues and soul Hammond ensemble 'Katy & the Spectrums.' the ensemble has performed in numerous events and festivals including the Bruny Island Blues Festival, Dark Mofo, Festivale, and Devonport Jazz Festival, and their latest recordings are regularly played on radio stations worldwide.
Katy is also a distinguished vocal and music tutor, with a passion for sharing her love of music with others. With over 10 years of experience, they teach at the University of Tasmania's Conservatorium of Music and the University Connections Programs as well as several Tasmanian schools and her own private teaching studio. They also regularly provide their expertise and run specialized workshops including the Festival of Voices, Kia-Ora Youth Music Camp (NSW) and are also the proud mentor for the Clarence Jazz Festival Scholarship winners since 2021.
Currently, Katy continues to work and perform regularly throughout Tasmania and Internationally. As well has her own material, Katy has worked alongside many notable artists including Steven Schwartz, Michelle Nicole, Sandy Evans, Nick Haywood, Darren Percival, Khristian Dently of Take 6, Idea of North, Kristen Beradi, Elly Hoyt, Maria Lurighi, Andrew Legg, Dean Stevenson, and Christine Anu.