Katherine Frankhauser was introduced to music by her father at
a very young age, beginning piano lessons under his tutelage at
the age of four. As a child and adolescent, she participated annually
in the Allied Arts Festival (now Musicfest Northwest) and was awarded
medals for both voice and oboe competition. She was selected, for
her extraordinary musicianship, to appear on KPBX radio as a featured
winner of the festival. As an adult, her primary musical focus is
oboe performance and those who hear her recognize her unique ability
to shape music into exquisite phrases.
Katie completed a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science,
complimented by a minor in music, at Western Washington University
in 2003. During her tenure at Western, her playing experience included
principal positions in the university’s Symphony Orchestra
and Wind Symphony, as well as wind quintets and other chamber ensembles.
She won the annual concerto competition in 2000, resulting in her
performance of Mozart’s C Major Oboe Concerto with the WWU
She is the 2004 silver medal winner for the Young Artist reed division
of Musicfest Northwest.
Katie continues to refine her skills in oboe performance, but finds herself distracted by her habit of leaving the country
for several months or years at a time. This last year found Katie in both Belize and South Africa. These travels afford her the opportunity
to pursue her ever-expanding and intense interest in environmental and social justice concerns.
For more information on Katie’s non-musical life, see her page
at the Frankhauser family website or her weblog
of her life in Belize.