A native of Lawrence, Kansas, Katherine Burk (b. 1990) serves as Organ Scholar at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland. She is a doctoral candidate in organ performance, with minor fields in choral conducting and music theory, at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she was a student of Christopher Young. She also studied choral conducting with Dominick DiOrio, Betsy Burleigh, and Walter Huff. She received the MM in organ performance at IU and completed undergraduate coursework at St. Olaf College in Minnesota where she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in organ performance and vocal music education. While at St. Olaf, she studied organ with Catherine Rodland and conducting with Anton Armstrong; she also sang in the St. Olaf Choir. At IU, she sang both with NOTUS, a contemporary vocal chamber ensemble, and Concentus, IU’s historical performance ensemble.
Having served Episcopal congregations in Bloomington, IN, Minneapolis, MN, and Topeka, KS, Katie is a passionate church musician. Active as a choral clinician and composer, she has served on the choral faculty both at the RSCMA King’s College Training Course in Pennsylvania and at the Presbyterian Association of Musicians Worship and Music Conference at Montreat, North Carolina. Her choral compositions have been heard in venues such as Washington National Cathedral, St. Mark’s, Locust Street in Philadelphia, Trinity Cathedral in Portland, the University of Michigan, and at several RSCMA courses. Her anthem “Listen, sweet Dove” will be published by Selah in 2021.
Known for her energy and enthusiasm in front of the classroom, Katie served as an instructor of music theory at IU and is a recent recipient of IU’s Wennerstrom Fellowship, an award that honors excellence in music theory pedagogy. She also was named to The Diapason’s “Twenty Under Thirty” Class of 2019 in recognition of outstanding achievement in the fields of church music and organ performance and currently serves as a board member of the Royal School of Church Music in America.