Katrina Wreede has been a professional symphony musician, a jazz violist, a member of the Turtle Island String Quartet, a concert soloist, a belly dancer, a police fingerprinter, a player of Tango Nuevo, Persian and Central European music and a composer for soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestras, film, and dance. She taught advanced composition to exceptional youth musicians from 1998 to 2004 with a grant from the American Composers Forum, using improvisation as a primary tool. She also designed and was resident composer for the Junior Composer program for the Berkeley Symphony as well as conducting workshops on improvisation and composition at Boston Conservatory, the Clairbourn School and Berklee College.
She is a contributing author to the book Teaching the Viola, covering improvisation, and a presenting artist on improvisation at the American String Teachers national conventions in 2004 and 05. Katrina is Artist in Residence at Rafer Johnson Middle School in Kingsburg, CA, teaching improvisation and composition to band students and creating a piece for them from the students' musical ideas. She will also be team teaching the Crowden School's Alternative Strings summer program, getting young string players started in improvisation and self-expression.
What could be better than learning how to communicate a unique musical idea with friends and supportive teachers? The experience will last a lifetime.
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