Kate OutterbridgeLos Angeles, CA
Musician and educator Kate Outterbridge works to meaningfully challenge the status quo in the service of engaging and uniting people through the performing arts. A dynamic violinist, fierce advocate of contemporary music and promoter of responsible and thorough music education in the city of Los Angeles and beyond, Kate performs at the forefront of today’s music scene.
Since moving to LA, Kate has appeared as violinist with the LA-based modern music collective Wild Up in the 12 hours performance art-piece “Bliss,” by Ragnar Kjartansson, at the Orpheum Theater with acclaimed indie-rock band The National, and in Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music. She has performed and premiered the works of countless living composers, including works by Julia Wolfe, Olga Neuwirth, Anna Clyne and Richard Reed Perry of Arcade Fire, at venues including Walt Disney Concert Hall, National Sawdust, REDCAT, and in numerous festivals including Bang on A Can Summer Festival Marathon, Eighth Blackbird’s Creative Lab, and Detroit’s Strange Beautiful Music.
Kate is a founding member of “The Furies,” a feminist duo that promotes the sharing of stories and experiences of those traditionally underrepresented in the classical music canon. Together they address issues surrounding female empowerment through immersive live performances and transformative educational programming. The Furies have performed alongside friends and mentors Eighth Blackbird at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, at Scholes Street Studio in NYC, and on Equal Sound Concert Series (LA). This spring they will premiere a new work by Nina Shekhar, as well as on Tuesdays @ Monk Space, and with friends from the Parhelion Trio in NYC.
Always inspired to find new ways to use the arts as a tool for social change, Kate recently completed at two year fellowship with Community MusicWorks in Providence, Rhode Island. The mission of the organization, “to create cohesive urban community through music education and performance that transforms the lives of children, families, and musicians,” was reflected in the fellowship program, where she taught a full studio of violin students, performed with the ensemble in residence in spaces from galleries to taco shops with the MusicWorks Collective, and participated in group seminars and workshops. Her experience leading a series of workshops with a quartet in a mental health facility is chronicled in an article for the Log Journal.
Currently a teaching artist with YOLA in Los Angeles, Kate uses a blend of Suzuki pedagogy, Creative Ability Development, and mindfulness exercises when teaching children in group and individual settings. Raised as a Suzuki student herself and having received her Suzuki Book 1 certification from former teacher Ronda Cole, Kate hopes to be able to bring music education into communities that don’t historically have access to musical training, while also breathing new life into traditional string pedagogy.
Kate received her Masters of Music and Masters of Chamber Music at the University of Michigan with Aaron Berofsky in 2015, and her Bachelors of Music from Boston University in 2013, with Bayla Keyes.
While not playing her violin, Kate enjoys traveling to new places, eating dessert first, and finding the funny in everything.
Tell Me Everything
Performed by faculty and fellows at the 2016 Bang on a Can Summer Marathon at the Summer Festival at MASS MoCA
Brad Lubman, conductor
Gina Izzo – flute
Hila Zamier – clarinet
Theodosia Roussos – oboe
Garrett Brown – bassoon
Tom Sanderman – alto saxophone
Allison Wright – trumpet
Cole Bartels – trombone
Tyler Taylor – French horn
Dutcher Snedeker – piano
Hope Wilk – harp
Evan Saddler, Eric Shuster – percussion
Kate Outterbridge, Maria Fiore Mazzarini – violin
Kieran Welch – viola
Zan Berry – cello
Cody Takacs – double bass
Incidental Music No1
Created for The Furies show, A Cure for Hysteria, this audio track is made up of interviews of close friends and family of their relationship to the word “hysteria,” and complied with audio clips from pop culture.