Kate has been working as an accompanist since 2001 and as a professional musician since 2005. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Sacramento State’s School of Music, with a double focus in Jazz Studies/Arranging and Theory & Composition. She recently moved to Seattle, WA from Sacramento, CA in September 2018, where she is currently the after school choir teacher at Seattle Country Day, accompanying local schools and churches, and looking forward to doing more collaborative projects with fellow artists.
Some of her past credits in California include directing the Sacramento Turner Harmonie, playing with the Merced Pops Orchestra, accompanying the Bella Vista High School choirs, playing for River City Christian Church, and music directing for Sacramento Country Day School’s spring musicals. Alongside these main jobs, she also had the pleasure of accompanying and music directing for theaters in the greater Sacramento area, as well as giving private lessons.
Kate also has a deep love and passion for partner dancing (Ballroom and Blues Fusion) and healthy cooking/baking (which has it’s own separate website).
Why the move to Seattle:
In February of 2017, I had the pleasure of participating in a theater festival (KCACTF region 7) in Denver, CO, putting on my acting hat and playing Fraulein Schneider in American River College’s production of Cabaret, as wall as learning new skills as an actor in the workshops offered there.
The whole experience got me thinking about my life as a whole and where I was going with it. Should I switch gears and pursue acting? Continue with music? Get my Masters? I found myself at a cross road of unknowing and internal crisis.
After a long walk through the city and some reflective meditation, I recognized that my growth as a musician (and human) felt stagnate. I was too comfortable, having been working in Sacramento for 17 years with steady gigs and a large client base, and needed to shake up my life… to force myself into the “discomfort zone.”
So, I decided to move, and after more meditation and journal writing, picked Seattle (having never actually been there but told that I would love it). Great music scene. Thriving dance scene. Theaters galore. And… I’m a huge fan of the rain, mist, and overcast, so why not?
I informed all of my different gigs and people I work with that I’d be leaving in a year (much to their dismay) and true to my word, in September of 2018 I was unloading my belongings into my new place in Seattle.
Needless to say, the goal of making myself uncomfortable has been an absolute success, and growth abounds! Breaking through fears and concepts, learning new things about myself (and others), and forcing myself to face things that, in the past, I would normally hide from. Absolutely delightful. Painful? Yes. But wonderful. 10/10 would highly recommend doing it at least once in your life.