Inspiration for composing comes from many places for me. Quite often it comes from my students and the desire to create music that works for them on an educational level, as well as to further their passion for music. But mostly it comes from life experiences and the people who have inspired me in some way; my family, friends and everyday people.
Conducting has always been a passion of mine. I am first and foremost a music educator, and believe that conducting is wonderful tool in the field of teaching music. In addition, conducting has always brought me a sense of completion that playing a single instrument was never able to do. I love being a part of the big picture that music has to offer.
Trained from a young age on cello, string playing has always been at my core. I enjoy teaching the building blocks of music to students and sharing ideas with colleagues as a clinician. My goal is to give students the tools they need to go forward and succeed, whether that be through rehearsal, technique, theory, or learning how to practice with purpose.
Awards & Honors 2022
During the 2022-2023 new release season 9 of Mrs. LaBrie's compositions have received an Editor's Choice designation from J.W. Pepper, and 5 of compositions made Stanton's selective 5 Star Feature's List!
Midwest Clinic 2022
"Practicing with Purpose: What's the Big IDEA?" has been selected as a conference session for the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Directors Clinic. Please join Katie and her co-creator Tracy Magwire this December in Chicago!
Yamaha 40 Under 40
Katie has been selected as on of Yamaha's 40 Under 40, class of 2022!
This honor goes to music educators who showcase the following characteristics: action, courage, creativity and growth.
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