Although not a Williamsport native, Katie grew up in the small town of Mill Hall. It was here that she discovered her passion for music. She was highly influenced by her choir director, who assisted in cultivating her talents and musical ambitions. Katie also worked in a music shop in downtown Lock Haven during her high school years, and took guitar lessons as she learned the ropes of running a small business. During this time, she also furthered her study with her pastor, who was a former accomplished music professor earlier in his career. He taught Katie basic piano and helped hone her untrained voice. In exchange for his time and dedication, Katie was an honored member of the worship band that he led, where she assumed the roles of lead vocalist and guitarist.
Katie began her postsecondary academic path at Mansfield University in music business with a focus in management. Her junior year of college, Katie was granted the privilege to compete in the European World Choir Games with her Concert Choir. The choir performed in Germany, Poland, Lithuania, and competed in Lativa. Katie was honored to accept a gold metal with her Mansfield University choir. Her senior year of College, Katie was thrilled to accept a lead in the opera Gianni Schicchi. Katie played the role of Lauretta, Schicchi’s daughter, and sang the oh-so-loved aria ‘O mio babbino caro.’ It was truly an unforgettable role entailing romance, family-greed and happily-ever-after. Katie cherishes these experiences, and is delighted to share her knowledge with her students at the Collective.