Caitlin Tabancay Austin

Caitlin Tabancay Austin ​(soprano) grew up in Berkeley, California. She completed a BA in Music History at UCLA, where she studied Bulgarian folk singing with Tzvetanka Varimezova. From 2008-2018 she sang with Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble, working with traditional songmasters, teachers, and collaborators including: Svetlana Spajic, Mariana Sadovska, Nato Zumbadze, Ethel Raim, Hasmik Harutyunyan, Russian House Kedry, Carl Linich, Eric Banks, and Meredith Monk. Notable projects with Kitka include: Iron Shoes (Kutulas), I Will Remember Everything (Banks), The Singers of Tales (Spajic), Vocal Alchemy (Monk), Singing Through Darkness (Sadovska/Erlen), The Rusalka Cycle (Sadovska), and Wintersongs. She directed "The Lab," one of Kitka's community choruses for several years.
            Caitlin debuted as a composer in 2017, scoring and performing in Theater Mundi's adaptation of The Maids by Jean Genet. She continues to write songs and play with her folk band Iron Henry. She currently sings with Volti SF, and has sung with the Austin-Tabancay Family Band, 20 Minute Loop, Briget Boyle, Michael Bang, Cappella SF, Euouae, AVE, Star of the Sea motet choir, and SF Choral Artists. Vocal theater performance credits include Roses Are Blue (Ramon and Jessica) and Philia (Crittenden/Rattray). In 2014 she led the Redwood Choir, an experimental outdoor song-movement group. She participated in Double Edge Theatre's Immersion Program in 2012. She has also worked with Eric Kupers' Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble at CSUEB.
            Caitlin studied massage therapy at McKinnon Body Therapy Center and became a Certified Massage Therapist in 2017. She practices bodywork in Oakland at Bayan Roots and McKinnon.