Session: Hittin’ the Shed: What to practice and why!
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 being the lead trumpet player in all-women bands eGALitarian Brass and TOP Queens and performing with classical groups including the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, Kings County Brass, and Spark Duo.
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 is passionate about 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. Through this project, she was invited to present recitals at various festivals and events 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.