Kate Anderson


Kate Anderson
Temporary Instructor

MM, North Illinois University

BM, Penn State University

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Originally from Huntersville, Pennsylvania, saxophonist Kate Anderson has performed across the United States, Latin America and Europe. She toured multiple times to Cuba with the Latin Jazz Messengers and throughout Europe with the Royal Court Theatre Orchestra.

As a performing artist, Kate has appeared in the Chicago Jazz Festival, Strathmore Music Center, Alice Tully Hall, The Deer Head Inn, Heinz Hall, The Falcon, and notably the Santiago de Cuba Jazz Festival. She has been honored to perform with jazz luminaries Phil Woods, Randy Brecker, Bob Dorough, Slide Hampton, Delfeayo Marsalis, Marquis Hill, Antonio Hart and the Four Freshmen. Additionally she has expanded to other genres with country singer-songwriter Morgan Myles, R&B and gospel vocalist Barbara Walker, 18 grammy award-winning polka king Jimmy Sturr, world-famous actress and vocalist Linda Purl, legendary producer of The Band, John Simon, and more recently with Motown icons, The Temptations and The Four Tops.

Since 2018, Kate has been an active member of the Scranton Jazz Festival Big Band. The festival hosts an annual international jazz festival and performances of the “Swingin’ Jazz Nutcracker Suite” throughout Pennsylvania, which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2022. As a recording artist, she contributed to the James Witherite Big Band on the album 17+, Rick Hirsch’s Big Ol’ Band on the album Pocono Git-Down, and recently with American rock band The Felice Brothers on the album, Undress, where she was featured on their title track.

As a classical saxophonist, Kate has studied and performed with esteemed artists Eugene Rousseau, David Stambler, Christopher Creviston, Frederick Hemke and The Capitol Quartet. She performed countless recitals as a soloist and part of small ensembles in this genre. In her graduate studies at Northern Illinois University, Kate was the first saxophonist to win the Concerto Competition in her performance of Ingolf Dahl’s “Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra.” This spring, she will be the featured guest artist at Millersville University’s annual Single Reed Symposium where she will be performing Claude T. Smith’s “Fantasia for Alto Saxophone and Band” with their premiere wind ensemble.

Presently, Kate has joined the prestigious Mansfield University Music Department in teaching applied saxophone. She is actively performing and teaching throughout the NEPA region. She earned her Bachelor of Music Performance degree at Penn State University and her Master of Music Jazz Studies degree at Northern Illinois University.