-The American Organist Magazine
Katherine Webb (b. 1990) is Canon for Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. In this role, she oversees Trinity’s robust music program, including its choral ensembles, its Choir School for children and youth, and its concert series; she also serves as principal organist. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal School of Church Music in America (RSCMA).
Katie earned her doctorate in organ performance, with minor fields in choral conducting and music theory, at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she was a student of Christopher Young. She also studied choral conducting with Dominick DiOrio, Betsy Burleigh, and Walter Huff. She received the MM in organ performance at IU and completed undergraduate coursework at St. Olaf College in Minnesota where she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in organ performance and vocal music education. While at St. Olaf, she studied organ with Catherine Rodland and conducting with Anton Armstrong and sang in the St. Olaf Choir. At IU, she sang both with NOTUS, a contemporary vocal chamber ensemble, and Concentus, IU’s historical performance ensemble.
Katie is active as a choral clinician and composer, having served on the choral faculty both at the RSCMA King’s College Training Course in Pennsylvania and at the Presbyterian Association of Musicians Worship and Music Conference at Montreat, North Carolina. Her choral compositions have been heard in venues such as Washington National Cathedral, St. Mark’s, Locust Street in Philadelphia, Trinity Cathedral in Portland, the University of Michigan, and at several RSCMA courses; her choral music is published by Selah.
Prior to her appointment at Trinity Cathedral as Organ Scholar in 2020, Katie served Episcopal congregations in Kansas, Minnesota, and Indiana. Known for her energy and passion in front of the classroom, she also served as an instructor of music theory at IU and is a recent recipient of IU’s Wennerstrom Fellowship, an award that honors excellence in music theory pedagogy. She also was named to The Diapason’s “Twenty Under Thirty” Class of 2019 in recognition of outstanding achievement in the fields of church music and organ performance.