Role at Bellingham Music:
Kate Koller is a Bellingham based student cellist currently on scholarship earning a Bachelors of Music Education and studying cello at Western Washington University under the instruction of Dr. John Friesen and Janet Steinberg. Kate performs performing regularly with the WWU University Symphony Orchestra as well as participating in the Composers of Western Scholarship Quintet and the New Music Ensemble. Currently, Kate works with faculty and students at the North Sound Youth Symphony as a cello coach helping to prepare cellists from the orchestra’s two ensembles for their quarterly performances. In 2019, Kate accepted the honor of performing at SYSO’s Marrowstone Music Festival as a fellowship recipient and worked closely with music staff and students in preparing for chamber ensembles as well as full symphony ensemble performances. While she primarily studies traditional and classical performance of the cello, she also performs with local bands as orchestral accompaniment and loves making music with modern musicians and artists around the PNW.
Kate began her musical education in her hometown of Richland Washington and has been playing cello since age 9. She found her passion for ensemble playing in her 4 consecutive years as principal cello of the recently revived Mid-Columbia Youth Symphony Orchestra and her time competing in the WMEA Solo and Ensemble regional and state competitions. Along with her time playing in MCYS, she has performed frequently as a pit-orchestra musician since 2014, primarily with the Mid-Columbia Musical Theater based in Tri-Cities Washington as well as the WWU Theater Department. Her mentors and teachers include Bruce Walker, Coral Marchant, John Friesen, among others.