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 Los Angeles, Kate has appeared as violinist with the LA-based modern music collective Wild Up, in the 12-hour performance art-piece “Bliss,” by Ragnar Kjartansson, at the Orpheum Theater with acclaimed indie-rock band The National, in MacArthur "Genius Grant" winner Taylor Mac's "A 24-Decade History of Popular Music," and in a premiere by Juliana Barwick at the LA Phils “Noon to Midnight” new music marathon. She has performed and premiered the works of countless living composers across the country, including works by Julia Wolfe, Du Yun, Pauline Oliveros, Olga Neuwirth, Anna Clyne and Richard Reed Perry of Arcade Fire. She has performed in venues across the country including Walt Disney Concert Hall, National Sawdust, REDCAT, and has appeared in numerous festivals including the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, SILENCE at Descanso, 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 performances include playing along side friends and mentors Eighth Blackbird at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, at Scholes Street Studio in New York City, and on Equal Sound Concert Series at Art Share LA. They have premiered works by Nina Shekhar, Elizabeth A. Baker, and Gemma Peacocke. Together they have created two shows, "A Cure for Hysteria," which deals with the gendered word 'hysteria' and its social connotations and consequences, and "P.M.S, the People Menstruate Show," which investigates the stigmas surrounding menstruation.
In 2017, Kate was chosen as one of 30 fellows selected for Eighth Blackbird's inaugural year of their Creative Lab. This two week long, tuition-free intensive for emerging artists allowed her to rehearse and perform alongside members of Eighth Blackbird, and to strategize creative paths toward success as an engaging and thought-provoking performer. As a fellow she worked with composers Ned McGowan, Jennifer Higdon, Pamala Z and Ted Hearne, choreographer Mark DeChiazza, and premiered a new work by Fjola Evans.
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. Other highlights of Kate's CMW fellowship include sight-reading piano quartets with Emanuel Ax (who played electric keyboard!) in a La Lupitas taco shop, organizing annual concerts for her students at the Southside Community Land Trust Plant Sale, and Friday night dinners with Phase 2, a teen group organized around chamber music and discussions of current events both global and local.
While based in Providence, Kate was awarded a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts to create an interdisciplinary event combining a performance of Morton Feldman's Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello with a mindfulness workshop to help a new audience engage with the music. She also ran the Blue House concert series, monthly multi-genre performances presenting local and visiting artists.
Currently a teaching artist with YOLA and YOSAL, Kate uses a blend of Suzuki pedagogy, Creative Ability Development, and mindfulness exercises when teaching children in group and individual settings. In the spring of 2019, Kate traveled with YOLA students and faculty on a trip to Seoul Korea, in conjunction with the LA Philharmonic tour, to work with Korean El Sistema students. 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 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 where she studied with Aaron Berofsky in 2015, and her Bachelors of Music from Boston University in 2013, where she studied with Bayla Keyes. She has participated in residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, and was a fellow at the Resonant Bodies Festival at Banff in Alberta, Canada.
While not playing her violin, Kate enjoys traveling to new places, eating dessert first, and finding the funny in everything.