Katherine Kohler joined the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2016 as Second Clarinet. Previously, she played Second/E-flat Clarinet for three years with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, and since 2011, the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra.
During the summer of 2015, Katherine participated in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, performing under Alan Gilbert as a clarinetist on Mozart’s Gran Partita and E-flat clarinetist on Messiaen’s Des Canyons Aux Étoiles, the latter of which was released in 2016 on the Koch Label. As a chamber musician, Katherine has also performed with Chamber Music Milwaukee, and with the Roma Trio, appearing on WFMT Radio Chicago’s Introductions.
Katherine made her solo debut at the age of sixteen, soloing at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. as the sole first prize winner of the US Air Force Band Young Artist Competition. She later appeared with the US Air Force Band as a guest soloist on their 2009 national spring tour.
Katherine hails from Naperville, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. She started her orchestral training in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Encore Chamber Orchestra. At the age of seven, Katherine began her clarinet studies with David Boyd, followed by studies with Todd Levy from 2005-13. She graduated from the Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee. Katherine is a Selmer Artist, performing on Selmer Signature Clarinets.