Katherine Kohler was recently appointed 2nd clarinet with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. For the past three years, she played 2nd/E-flat Clarinet with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra since 2011.
During the summer of 2015, Katherine participated in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, performing under Alan Gilbert as a clarinetist on Mozart’s Gran Partita and E-flat clarinetist on Messiaen’s Des Canyons Aux Étoiles, the latter of which is scheduled to be released on the Koch Label in 2016. As a chamber musician, Katherine has also performed with Chamber Music Milwaukee, and with the Roma Trio, appearing on WFMT Radio Chicago’s Introductions.
Katherine made her solo debut at the age of sixteen, soloing at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. as the sole first prize winner of the US Air Force Band Young Artist Competition. She later appeared with the US Air Force Band as a guest soloist on their 2009 national spring tour.
Katherine hails from Naperville, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. She started her orchestral training in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Encore Chamber Orchestra. At the age of seven, Katherine began her clarinet studies with David Boyd, followed by studies with Todd Levy from 2005-13. She graduated from the Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee.