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 New York City. Recent performances include Vivaldi’s Double Trumpet concerto, a 10 week Off Broadway run of Alice by Heart, and premiering new pieces for trumpet and clarinet with her newest group Spark Duo with Ford Fourqurean. Upcoming performances include a CD release show of music from This is My Letter to the World, a Spring 2020 tour with Spark Duo, and many other interesting opportunities. As a composer, Kate wrote the title track of her debut album and continues to write other works, most recently being commissioned by the Brand New Bassoon trio. Kate’s upcoming album This is My Letter to the World is coming out on 1/24/20 on innova records. This 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. Several of the pieces have an accompanying video element as well.
Kate is very dedicated to commissioning and performing new music, premiering over 30 pieces both as a soloist and a chamber musician. Kate’s debut album “As I Am” was self - released on November 7th 2017, featuring new music by women composers. Through this project, she was invited to present recitals at various festivals and events including the International Women’s Brass Conference and the Women Composer’s Festival of Hartford. In addition to advocating for female composers, Kate is 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 subs on Broadway and performs 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 Ragtime on Ellis Island in 2016, The Crossing Opera at BAM in 2017, and various film score recording sessions since 2010. 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 since coming to NYC in 2010.
In addition to performing, Kate enjoys 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. In addition to managing her own private studio of 10 students, Kate also has experience teaching for several years at various El Sistema inspired programs including the Harmony Program, Baltimore Symphony’s Orch Kids, and with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.
Kate received a Bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance from New York University and her Master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory.
For more about Kate Amrine as an Educator please visit the Education page.