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. Some favorite recent experiences include joining the pit for multiple musical productions on and off Broadway, as well as playing with Little Orchestral Society, Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, Contemporaneous, eGALitarian Brass, Pegasus Orchestra, Mariachi Zitlala, and Spark Duo.
Kate has held positions on three off Broadway shows: Alice by Heart, Whisper House, and Audrey the New Musical. Kate also held the trumpet/tambourine chair for a streaming production of Beehive the 60's musical at Papermill Playhouse. Other theater highlights include substitute appearances in Wicked on Broadway, How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Madison Square Garden, Annie - National tour, and Ragtime on Ellis Island. As a recording artist, Kate recorded for the Alice by Heart cast album (Ghostlight Records), Kalevala the Musical concept album, She is Risen (Jesus Christ Superstar: All-Female Studio Cast Recording), Carols for the Cure with members from Wicked, and both Canard, Canard and In the Footprint by Michael Friedman with The Civilians. Kate also performed in the orchestra and recorded the album of Stinney: An American Execution for Prototype Festival. Kate has also joined the band for various cabarets and galas with Drunk Musicals, Green Room 42 shows, and more. Outside of the musical theater world, Kate has performed and recorded with many artists, bands, and organizations including Norah Jones, Evanescence, Lenny Pickett, Sleigh Bells on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Our Cartoon President, TOP Queens, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Melt, Dopico, Elektragaaz, and Fox Indigo.
“nice tone, good vibe, great technique” - JacobTV
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Kate is very dedicated to commissioning and performing new music, premiering over 30 pieces both as a soloist and a chamber musician. As a chamber musician, Kate recently premiered new works with Contemporaneous, Protestra, Kings County Brass, eGALitarian Brass, and Spark Duo. Kate’s second album This is My Letter to the World was released in 2020 on the Innova record label. The music is inspired by politics and social concepts that addresses issues including gun violence, identity and feminism, meditation, climate change, and immigration. Her first album As I Am features new music by women composers and was released in 2017. Kate has presented solo recitals at various festivals across the world including the International Women’s Brass Conference (in 2019 and 2017), the Music by Women festival (in 2021 and 2018) and the Women Composer’s Festival of Hartford. Kate has also performed several concertos and solos with orchestras across Japan in multiple cities, as well as in her hometown Bethesda, Maryland, and in New York City. Kate has also performed offstage solos at both Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall.
As an educator, Kate has been an Adjunct Instructor at New York University since 2013 where she teaches private trumpet lessons, coaches chamber music, and presents masterclasses on various topics. She has also been a guest giving masterclasses and recitals at many universities and schools discussing music entrepreneurship, coaching chamber music, and working with students on solo repertoire. Kate has presented her masterclass Designing your Career in Music to universities around the world across the US, Canada, Costa Rica, and Japan. Most recently, she was featured at the International Trumpet Guild conference in both 2022 and 2021, presenting her Designing your Career in music class, leading a youth warmup class, and assembling a panel discussion on diversity in the trumpet world. Kate was also a guest presenter at the Young Artists of America Trumpet Academy where she presented a recital and discussed developing your own voice on the instrument. She also recently joined Christopher Bill for a Denis Wick online class on developing your own voice and how to go about creating your own unique sound on the instrument.
Kate is very passionate about expanding awareness and representation for underrepresented brass players. Kate Amrine also recently joined Rebecca Karu and Melissa Muñoz in co-founding new non profit organization Brass Out Loud - dedicated to uplifting and inspiring all brass players everywhere. Through our interviews, annual workshop, and panel discussions, we aim to offer a new perspective on what it means to be a musician today. 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 provide a place for support to female, trans, and non-binary brass players.
Kate received a DMA from Stony Brook University, a Master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory, and a Bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance and Psychology from New York University. Kate is currently a Denis Wick artist and sponsored by Robinsons Remedies.