Kathleen Roland is a highly regarded concert soloist well known for her interpretation of the music of the 20th and 21st century.  She has been a featured singer with many music festivals, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Britten-Pears Institute and the Tanglewood Music Festival, and has performed with many prominent conductors, including James Conlon, Kent Nagano, Reinbert de Leeuw, James Mauceri, and Oliver Knussen.  Dr. Roland has been a frequent soloist with the Grammy award-winning Southwest Chamber Music Society of Los Angeles, with whom she has garnered critical acclaim for her performances. Recordings include a CD created with American composer Libby Larsen of her song cycle, Songs from Letters, from Calamity Jane to her daughter Janey, and Aura, for orchestra and soloists by Grawemeyer award-winning Cambodian composer Chinary Ung.  International appearances include a tour with Southwest Chamber Music  in Southeast Asia, featuring the  music of  Chinary Ung, and at the Tonhalle in Dusseldorf with conductor Robert Platz and mdi ensemble milano. Recent performances include the premiere of Chinary Ung's Spirals XII  with the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall, and as soprano soloist in Verdi's Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Los Angeles Korean Philharmonic. In  2012 and 2013, the soprano reprised Ung’s Aura with the celebrated Jacaranda concert series, in New York City at the celebrated Le Poisson Rouge for the "Season of Cambodia", and in San Diego for the composer's festschrift..
Her 2007 Fulbright award and a 2003 American-Scandinavian Foundation grant have made possible continued research on the vocal music of Sweden, as well as performances and master classes of American art song in Sweden. As a result of this research, her anthology of Swedish art song for English-speaking singers, Romanser: 25 Swedish Art Songs with Guide to Swedish Lyric Diction, was released for publication in January of 2014 by Gehrmans Musikörlag. Roland has been an lecture recital presenter for NATS, the College Music Society and in 2009, was an invited presenter at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Paris, where she presented her research on the ground-breaking 21st century Swedish opera, Marie Antoinette, och hennes kärlek till Axel von Fersen.  She also was an invited presenter and performer for the International Congress in Brisbane, Australia in the summer of 2013. She holds a doctorate in voice from the University of Southern California, serves on the board of the National Opera Association, and is editor of the organization's newsletter, NOA Notes.  Dr. Roland joined the faculty of the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University in the fall of 2012, and teaches voice, diction, vocal pedagogy and vocal literature.