Katherine Ude is an active percussionist and music educator in the Metro-Atlanta area. She holds a Master’s degree in Musicology from the University of Leeds and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Kennesaw State University. During her time at the University of Leeds Katherine studied and wrote her dissertation on the music of Pytor Tchaikovsky’s ballets. She was an active member of many ensembles and studied percussion with Jason Huxtable (Birmingham Conservatoire). She was part of an exchange program that took her to Freiburg, Germany where she performed as part of a percussion quartet from the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. At Kennesaw State University she also participated in many ensembles and studied percussion with John Lawless. A highlight from her time at Kennesaw State was performing with the university’s Dance Company in the production of Road Kil as a percussionist and dancer.
Katherine has had the privilege of touring all over the world with multiple ensembles including the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble (MAYWE), the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta (MYSO), and Kennesaw State University Orchestra. From her tours, she has played in many notable concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, the Central Conservatory of Beijing, Xi’an Concert Hall, and Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall. Most recently she had the honor of performing at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago with Tara Winds.
Professionally Katherine has held positions at The Atlanta Opera, with work varying from Development and Database Manager to Artistic Associate and Orchestra Librarian. Previously she was also the Operations Manager for MYSO Atlanta. Currently she works for the Atlanta Ballet as their Orchestra Librarian and a member of their Advancement team.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two tuxedo cats, baking, reading, and traveling.