Meet Katy Geraghty. Hailing from Gloucester, Massachusetts, Katy is no stranger to the a cappella world. While studying theater at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Katy made it big in the a cappella community as one of the core members of the six-member, collegiate-turned-pro group, The Hexachords. In 2016, The Hexachords were featured on the second season of Pop TV's ICCA docu-drama, Sing It On. Her lofty soprano notes and killer high belt can also be heard on their 2017 CARA-winning album, Move. Post-a cappella world, Katy has transitioned to the Big Apple, making her Broadway debut in Groundhog Day, nominated for seven 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Director, as well as winning the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical. We had a chance to sit down with Katy and talk about how her a cappella experiences shaped her as an artist today.
How has your time performing with the Hexachords influenced you as a performer?
"Being in the Hexachords changed me as a performer because, for the first time, I wasn't performing a role. I was performing as myself. And that can be a really daunting thing when you are so used to being a character and having an audience receive that (or not). Its so vulnerable to get up onstage as just you, doing what you do best; because if an audience doesn't receive it well, its highly personal. However, you get used to being that open and start to use it to your advantage. Now, whether it being in an audition or a show, I know that I am representing the part I am playing as equally as I am representing myself."
How has a cappella changed the way you think about singing?
"Being in the Hexachords and the a cappella world changed almost everything about me as a singer. Up until that point, I had been relying on the strength of being pretty consistently a triple threat. The Hexachords made me realize how much of a singer I actually am. There was so much of my voice that I hadn't tapped into, so many choices I just never even considered an option to be making. A cappella taught me that the voice is an instrument, and just how many ways there are to use it."
About Groundhog Day
"Based on the iconic film, Groundhog Day is re-imagined by the award-winning creators of the international hit Matilda The Musical—including director Matthew Warchus and songwriter Tim Minchin—with a book by original screenwriter Danny Rubin. Starring Olivier Award winner and three-time Tony Award nominee Andy Karl, Groundhog Day is the new musical comedy about living life to the fullest, one day at a time.
The Groundhog Day ensemble cast features Rebecca Faulkenberry, John Sanders, Andrew Call, Raymond J. Lee, Heather Ayers, Kevin Bernard, Gerard Canonico, Rheaume Crenshaw, Michael Fatica, Katy Geraghty, Camden Gonzales, Jordan Grubb, Taylor Iman Jones, Tari Kelly, Josh Lamon, Joseph Medeiros, Sean Montgomery, William Parry, Jenna Rubaii, Vishal Vaidya, Travis Waldschmidt and Natalie Wisdom.
Groundhog Day is produced by Whistle Pig, Columbia Live Stage, and The Dodgers, with Michael Watt."
Listen to Katy and the rest of the Hexachords by streaming Move on all digital platforms. Check back next Thursday for another round of Humans of A Cappella.
Interview provided by AJ Marino of The Vocal Company. Photography and bios provided by Boneau/Bryan-Brown.