A passionate and creative performer, Kate Amrine is a prominent young trumpet player balancing a multifaceted career from developing new repertoire and curating concerts to freelancing with many different groups in the New York City area. Recent performances include a tour of Japan with the New York Symphonic Ensemble and a run of the new opera “Crossing” at BAM with A Far Cry. She is extremely dedicated to commissioning and performing new music, premiering over 30 pieces both as a soloist and a chamber musician. Kate also recently administered a call for scores through Vox Novus’ Fifteen Minutes of Fame. She performed 15 one minute works for unaccompanied trumpet – selected from over 90 submissions. Hear these pieces on Kate’s Youtube channel here.
Kate’s debut album “As I Am” was released on November 7th, and it features new music by women composers. She commissioned half of the pieces and successfully crowdfunded 80% of the costs of the project. Through this project, she was invited to present recitals at various festivals and events including the Women Composer’s Festival of Hartford, the Women of the World Festival of Baltimore, and the International Women’s Brass Conference. In addition to advocating for female composers, Kate is also very passionate about expanding awareness and representation for female brass players. She is half of the team behind Brass Chicks – a blog dedicated to celebrating the work of female brass players with guest posts and interviews.
Kate frequently performs on Broadway and in other regional musical theater productions both in and outside of the NYC area. She completed two tours with Broadway: The Big Band Years in fall 2015 and spring 2016 and played second trumpet in the National Tour of Annie in December 2015. Selected regional show experience includes two New York Musical Theater Festival shows: Icon (2016) and Into the Sun (2015), off broadway productions of Mary Poppins (Westchester Broadway Theater), Three Penny Opera (Atlantic Theater Company) and Lies My Father Told Me (National Yiddish Theatre). As a commercial player, Kate also performs with groups of many different styles and was fortunate to appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in an all-girl horn section with the band Sleigh Bells.
As a contractor, Kate has experience hiring everything from a full orchestra to a big band to a horn section for various events. She contracted a full orchestra for a recording session of Netanel Hershtik’s album The Art of Cantor at Avatar Studios. She also has hired musicians for over 10 different musicals, rock groups, and various church events. If you are interested in having Kate put together musicians for your event, do not hesitate to contact her via the contact form or email: email@example.com
In addition to performing, Kate has enjoyed teaching all ages and experience levels for the past ten years. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at New York University, where she has been teaching private lessons to undergraduates since 2013. Kate also maintains her own private studio and teaches at an after school program in Harlem. Kate has also taught for several years at various El Sistema inspired programs including the Harmony Program and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Orchkids.
Kate received a Bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance from New York University and her Master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory.
She currently resides in Brooklyn and is a doughnut aficionado.
In addition to performing with a variety of groups as a freelancer in New York City, Kate has enjoyed teaching all ages and experience levels for the past ten years. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at New York University, where she has been teaching private lessons to undergraduates for almost five years. Kate recently started coaching a trumpet ensemble and directing the jazz ensemble at a high school on the Upper East Side. She also teaches a group trumpet class for elementary school students at an after school program in Harlem.
She also maintains her own private studio where several of her students have been recognized for honors and awards. Some of Kate’s students have held the first chair in school ensembles, were selected for Honor band, and auditioned for and were accepted to the Lincoln Center Middle School Jazz Academy.
Kate has presented masterclasses at several high schools, both in the New York area and in Maryland. In the past, Kate has also taught for several years at various El Sistema inspired programs including the Harmony Program and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Orchkids.
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