Katherine Kellert is a passionate and active multi-instrumentalist, music administrator and educator currently based in the Washington, D.C. area.
An accomplished chamber and orchestral musician, she has appeared in recitals and performances across the United States, and has appeared as a soloist with groups such as the Maryland Chamber Orchestra and Great Noise Ensemble. Performing on woodwind instruments from the flute, clarinet, and saxophone families as well as on oboe and English horn, much of her performance work takes place in pit orchestras for various musical theater and opera productions. As a founding member of Great Noise Ensemble, she has performed in the world, national and regional premieres of works by composers such as Louis Andriessen, including commissions by composers Armando Bayolo, Sarah Horick, and Michael Finissy. Currently she serves as the principal clarinetist with the Mantovani Orchestra and performs regularly at theaters and with ensembles in the Washington, D.C. area.
As an arts administrator, she has worked with a diverse selection of performing arts organizations to support various functions including communications and marketing, development, board building, web design and social media presence, performance logistics and internal staff administration. Since 2007 she has served as Managing Director of Great Noise Ensemble, overseeing the growth of Washington D.C.’s premiere new music ensemble from a grass-roots community collective to a nationally-recognized presence in the arts, and has coordinated their performances from intimate venues such as D.C.’s Sitar Center and Sumner School to internationally recognized spaces such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and New York’s Symphony Space and the legendary Bang On A Can Marathon. As an arts consultant, she works regularly with area performers to coordinate their marketing and PR campaigns, design websites, and plan performances through her Silver Spring-based design studio, LadyBird Blues.
She maintains an active private teaching studio throughout the year and regularly serves as an adjudicator and clinician for area competitions and school music programs. Her students perform in recitals and concerts throughout the year and have participated in many festivals, competitions, honors bands and orchestras, and have gone on to pursue successful careers in the arts and other distinguished fields. Since 2015 she has served as the Director of the Clarinet Choir for Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras.
She received her Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from Arizona State University, where she studied with Robert Spring. She has also studied with Steven Cohen, Scott Bridges, and Sandra Garner-Mosteller.