Praised for her "beautiful tone" by KCMetropolis, Dr. Katherine Woolsey enjoys a versatile career as a pedagogue as well as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She is currently the Instructor of Oboe at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, where she teaches Applied Oboe, Double Reed Methods, and Enjoyment of Music, performs with the Blue Stem Quintet and Meadowlark Reed Trio, and serves as faculty advisor for the Washburn Double Reed Society and the Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota. As a clinician, Katherine has given masterclasses for the Topeka Youth Wind Ensemble, Maquoketa Double Reed Clinic, Florida State University Summer Music Camps and Double Reed Workshop, and at universities such as Ball State University, Augustana College, Bradley University, and University of Iowa. A devoted pedagogue, Katherine has been invited to guest lecture at Augustana College, Oklahoma Baptist University, and University of Texas-San Antonio. During the summer, Katherine teaches at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan, where she also performs with the Festival Band, Orchestra, Opera, and Faculty Woodwind Quintet. Most recently, Katherine authored Double Reeds: Method and Practice, a textbook for use in Double Reed Methods courses.
Katherine currently performs as Principal Oboe (Sandy Suffian & Ernesto Zepada Chair) of the Kinnor Philharmonic in Kansas City, Third Oboe with theTopeka Symphony Orchestra, and most recently joined the Midwest Chamber Ensemble. She has performed with the Dayton Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Tallahassee Community Chorus Orchestra, and Kansas City Baroque Consortium. Katherine's performances have been featured on Blue Lake Public Radio, WFSU, and Composer's Circle. An avid chamber musician, Katherine is a founding member of Observing Atlas, and has shared the stage with members of Fifth House Ensemble, Arianna String Quartet, and Bernadette Peters.
As a soloist, Katherine has performed recitals throughout the United States and Europe, and played in masterclasses for acclaimed musicians, composers, and pedagogues such as Libby Larsen, Rebecca Henderson, Sherry Sylar, Philhamonic Quintet of New York, Nancy Ambrose King, and the late John Mack. Katherine has been a featured soloist with the Washburn University Chamber Orchestra, performing Tomaso Albinoni’s Concerto in D Minor. She has performed at state, regional, and international conferences for the Kansas Music Educators Association, Midwest Double Reed Society, Electronic Music Midwest, Society for Composers, Inc., and International Double Reed Society.
An advocate of new music, Katherine has recently commissioned works from composers Bill Douglas, Jon Fielder, and Jason Charney. She has performed in world, regional, and state premieres of works by esteemed composers David Holsinger, Andrew Lippa, Richard Dubugnon, and John Steinmetz. Katherine has participated in the soundSCAPE festival (Maccagno, Italy) and fresh inc festival (Kenosha, WI), where she performed with members of the Fifth House Ensemble as part of Make Music Chicago.
In addition to teaching and performing, Katherine has been the owner and operator of Fountain City Reed Company since 2012, providing oboe and English horn reeds and cane to students and professionals throughout the United States.
Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Oboe Performance from Augustana College, a Master of Music in Oboe Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Doctor of Music and Certificate in College Teaching from The Florida State University, where she served as Graduate Teaching Assistant in both applied oboe and music education as instructor of Double Reed Methods. Her primary teachers include Cynthia Lambrecht, Ashley Barret, Mark Ostoich, and Eric Ohlsson.
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