Kat Zimmerman is a four time ASCAP award-winning composer, lyricist, writer, and performer. Current projects include a world premiere reading of HEARTLAND: A BLUEGRASS OPERA with Claire Partin at New Musicals, Inc., in North Hollywood in October, and HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, a new musical with Makena Metz.
HEARTLAND had its inception as BUNDLED TOGETHER at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2018, followed by a Zoom reading at New Musicals, Inc., in 2020, that reunited cast members from New York and L.A.
Kat's songs have been featured at Carnegie Hall and in the Emmy award-winning HBO documentary Autism: The Musical. She has collaborated with artists including Jack Black, Stephen Stills, Rev Run, Rickey Minor and the American Idol Band and the Agape International Choir with Rickie Byars Beckwith.
In addition, Kat has written family musicals including THE COURAGE CLUB, FEINSTEIN'S DREAMS, and EVERYDAY HEROES. Her work has been performed at the Broad Theater, the Geffen Playhouse, and the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles.
Originally from New York and raised in the midwest, Kat started her career as a classical singer and pianist with a passion for contemporary music, performing with Absolute Ensemble under conductor Kristjan Jårvi and the Manhattan Contemporary Ensemble, premiering works by Tobias Picker (Symphony for Soprano and Orchestra), Ernst Widmer, Aaron Jay Kernis, and William Kraft. Kat has performed at the United Nations, Davies Hall, San Francisco; the Aspen Music Festival, the Herbert von Karajan Center, Vienna; Wigmore Hall, London, Nice Festival D’Été, France; Fondation Royaumont, France; the Aberdeen International Music Festival, and music festivals in Spain, Italy, and Israel. She has been featured in operas including The Rake’s Progress, The Yellow Wallpaper, Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, La Boheme, and MacBeth.
Kat has scored music for the web series Beverly Hills Salon and other projects for media. She has composed sacred music in Hebrew, Sanskrit and Latin.
Her passion for children and teens of all abilities inspired Kat to create and facilitate songwriting and recording workshops for children, teens, and young adults throughout Greater Los Angeles, at The Miracle Project, the HELP group, and Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, to foster positive self-esteem and self-advocacy through creativity. In addition, Kat has served as music director of the Moses-Aaron Project, a program to support children and teens with autism and other special needs to engage in personal spiritual practice, read Torah, and become Bar and Bat Mitzvot.
If you've read this far, keep going! Kat and her awesome husband Tom wrote the children's book FUN WITH FRED (Higher Ground Press), about a truck that gets a second chance to ride again!
Kat received her M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music, B.M. from the Eastman School of Music, and is a proud Interlochen Arts Academy graduate, with additional studies at NYU, Vienna Conservatory, UCLA for composition/electronic music, Kirtan with Jai Uttal at Esalen and Indian classical vocal music with Suman Laha.