Musician; Singer; Teaching Artist
Kate Kooser is a singer songwriter and educator from Cleveland, OH. She received her degree in Jazz Studies from Bowling Green State University in 2013. Since graduating, she returned to the Cleveland area to pursue a musical career.
Kate is a soloist at St. Dominic Church in Shaker Heights and the director of music at The Church in Silver Lake. She has participated in vocal ensembles around the Northeast Ohio area. She is a private voice instructor, and teaches voice lessons and other classes at The Music Settlement, Tri-C Creative Arts Academy, Cleveland Montessori through Roots of American Music, and other locations. Kate is also the director of the New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camps, currently held in Ithaca, NY. In 2018, Kate co-directed a chorus for the Contemporary Youth Orchestra’s performance with Kenny Loggins. She also sang background vocals on the concert with Loggins.
Kate performs mostly folk and country music, drawing influences from the Texas songwriter traditions, and contemporary folk artists. She has performed around Cleveland at establishments like The Barking Spider, Brothers Lounge, Nighttown, The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, and the GAR Hall (Peninsula), as well as regionally in Michigan and New York. In addition to being a solo performer, Kate finds great joy in singing harmonies. She has had the pleasure of backing up Boston-based Catie Curtis, Laura Webster, GS Harper, and more. You can also hear Kate as a part of the duo Juniper Dust, performing two part harmonies and guitar work with Matt Harmon.