Appears on: Pink Martini New Year's Extravaganza
Crowned Miss America 2002 days after September 11, 2001, Katie Harman’s life was propelled by the iconic pop-culture role, immediately thrusting her into the spotlight. The only Oregon woman to hold the prestigious title, Katie worked with rescue workers at Ground Zero and the Pentagon, family members of those lost in the attacks, and military officials, as well as breast cancer patients, medical professionals, health care advocacy groups, pharmaceutical manufacturers, legislators, businesses, students, media entities, and thousands more while championing comprehensive cancer care. Her work as Miss America was featured by numerous media outlets, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Late Night with David Letterman, People magazine, and The Washington Post, and was also honored by Fox Chase Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center, Metcalf Institute of Radiation Oncology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the Cancer Research Foundation of America.
Katie’s celebrated vocal talent on the Miss America stage has parlayed into a burgeoning career, in which she has since headlined with prestigious organizations such as the Boston Pops Orchestra; the Denver Philharmonic; the Tuscaloosa, Shreveport, Oregon, Vancouver, and Newport symphonies; the Gold Coast, Obsidian, and Eugene operas; the Astoria Music Festival; and the Portland SummerFest, as well as Thomas Lauderdale, Hunter Noack, and members of Pink Martini for sold-out performances with the Sunriver Music Festival and the Eugene Symphony. Her 2016 performance as soprano soloist in the Northwest Premiere of Misa Azteca – sung partly in ancient Aztec Nahuatl – was highly praised as “strikingly beautiful . . . Ms. Harman’s performance was impressive.” She also received critical acclaim for her PAMPT Award-nominated role as Emma Carew in Stumptown Stages’ Jekyll & Hyde. Additionally, she was hand-selected to participate in national master classes with opera legends Renée Fleming and Deborah Voigt.
A longtime friend of the Oregon Symphony, she first appeared as a winner of the 2001 Young Artists Concerto Competition under the direction of Neil DePonte and was then mentored by the great Norman Leyden, Glen Miller’s arranger during/post-WWII and former conductor for the Oregon Symphony Pops, appearing three additional times with the Symphony.
Katie is a graduate of Portland State University and received her Masters in Music Performance from Southern Oregon University. She resides with her husband, Ret. Lt. Colonel Tim Ebner, and their two young children in Klamath Falls.