A passionate and creative performer, Kate Amrine is a prominent 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. Kate frequently alternates between the musical theater world and the contemporary classical/new music worlds. Some favorite recent experiences include playing classical quintet by day and brass band by night with eGALitarian Brass, playing lead trumpet with TOP Queens and performing with classical groups including the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, Wavefield Ensemble, Contemporaneous, and Spark Duo.
In addition to subbing on Broadway and performing in various regional productions, Kate has held the trumpet/piccolo/flugel chair on two Off-Broadway shows - Alice by Heart and Whisper House. Kate also recorded on the She is Risen album as a part of the all-female orchestra and several Tony award nominees including Cynthia Erivo, Shoshana Bean and Ledisi. Kate recently joined the pit orchestra on trumpet/tambourine for a streaming production of Beehive the 60's musical at Papermill Playhouse. Other Broadway highlights include subbing on How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Madison Square Garden, subbing for the NYC leg of the National tour of Annie the musical, a Broadway the Big Band tour, and the performance of Ragtime on Ellis Island. Outside of the musical theater world, Kate has performed with many artists and bands including Norah Jones, Evanescence, Sleigh Bells on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Melt, Dopico, and Fox Indigo.
“nice tone, good vibe, great technique” - JacobTV
To stay in touch with Kate, find her on instagram @katetrumpet
Kate is very dedicated to commissioning and performing new music, premiering over 30 pieces both as a soloist and a chamber musician. Kate’s second album This is My Letter to the World was released in early 2020 on the Innova record label. Her album features new music for trumpet inspired by politics and social concepts and addresses issues including gun violence, identity and the experience of being a woman, meditation, and immigration. Her duo Spark Duo with partner Ford Fourqurean loves commissioning new works and recently completed a spring tour performing and presenting at several universities on the west coast. Kate’s debut album As I Am was self-released on November 7th, 2017 - featuring new music by women composers. Kate has presented recitals at various festivals and events including the International Women’s Brass Conference, the Music by Women festival, and the Women Composer’s Festival of Hartford. As a classical soloist, Kate has performed Vivaldi’s Double Trumpet Concerto, Torelli’s piccolo Concerto, Leroy Anderson’s The Trumpeter’s Lullaby, and Persichetti’s The Hollow Men in New York City, her hometown Bethesda, Maryland, and in multiple cities on tour in Japan. Kate has also performed offstage solos at both Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall.
In addition to advocating for underrepresented composers, Kate is very adament about expanding awareness and representation for female brass players. Kate Amrine also recently joined Rebecca Karu and Melissa Muñoz in co-founding Brass Out Loud - a new organization dedicated to uplifting and inspiring all brass players everywhere. We recently had our inaugural workshop featuring over 50 participants from over four countries with an age range of 13 to 60+. The workshop featured 23 faculty members of which 70% of them were female, trans, non binary, and/or BIPOC. Kate is also half of the team behind Brass Chicks (a blog dedicated to celebrating the work of female brass players with guest posts and interviews) and recently started a Facebook group to support female, trans, and non-binary brass players.
Kate received a Bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance from New York University and a Master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory. Kate is currently a Denis Wick artist and an endorser of Robinsons Remedies.