Dr. Kate Carter is a versatile performer based in Chicago with experience ranging from soloist to chamber and orchestral musician. A prizewinner in various competitions, Kate’s performances as soloist and with various ensembles have been heard across the US and internationally. She made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in February of 2014.
As a concerto soloist, Kate has performed many times with the Elmhurst Symphony, with whom she is Assistant Concertmaster. Other concerto appearances have included the works of Beethoven, Sibelius, Mozart, Haydn, Saint-Saëns, Bloch, and more with the Mid-Columbia Symphony, South Orange County Chamber Orchestra, UCI Symphony, and others.
As an ensemble member, she has recorded for Cedille Records with Camerata Chicago, as well as with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and Ensemble Nouvelle Epoque. She has performed with Chicago-area orchestras including the Grant Park Symphony, Music of the Baroque, and the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra.
A dedicated violin instructor, Kate has held teaching assistantships at the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, and the Meadowmount School of Music. She is a frequent guest clinician, adjudicator, and chamber music coach with various schools and youth orchestras in Chicago. She currently holds teaching positions at Lake Forest College, Merit School of Music, Elmhurst Music Academy, Christopher Laughlin School of Music and her private studio in Evanston, Illinois. Her students have won top prizes at the Illinois Music Association State Olympics and are members of area orchestras including the Chicago Youth Symphony and Midwest Young Artists. In June 2016, some of her top students performed in the Grant Park Young Artists’ Showcase alongside some 60 of their peers from music schools throughout Chicago.
Passionate about performance psychology, Kate gives lectures and coachings to musicians, helping performers to achieve peak performance. An in-demand speaker and clinician, she has lectured at the ISMTA State Conference, Northeastern Illinois University, Chapman University, the Orange County School of the Arts, Marywood University, North Shore Music Teachers’ Association, and the Salt Creek Music Teachers Association. In Spring 2017, Kate looks forward to presenting at the ASTA national conference.
An avid chamber musician, Kate has coached with members of the Alexander, Cleveland, Guarneri, New York, Vermeer, and Ying quartets, and participated in masterclasses with Ilya Kaler, Zvi Zeitlin, Peter Marsh, Menahem Pressler, and Anne Epperson. She is a former member of the Chicago Q Ensemble, which released the world premiere recording of string quartets by Amy Wurtz. Kate frequently performs in recital with duo partner Louise Chan, with whom she appeared on the “Dame Myra Hess” series, broadcast live on WFMT.
Kate holds a Doctorate of Music in Violin Performance from Northwestern University, where she received the Emma Peters Hooper scholarship and was teaching assistant to Gerardo Ribeiro. Kate received her Master’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music on scholarship, where she was teaching assistant to Lynn Blakeslee. She also was one of the first recipients of the prestigious Certificate of College and Community Music Teaching at Eastman. Her previous instructors include Haroutune Bedelian and William Fitzpatrick.