About Katrina Wreede
Katrina Wreede has been leading the Skyline String Ensembles for over 25 years. She is also a composer and violist and a tireless proponent of the viola in jazz and new chamber music. In addition to creating new works and performance opportunities in unusual venues, like her Drive-By Violas inside a Boston fruit stand and a bus kiosk, she has been a professional symphony musician, a member of the ground-breaking Turtle Island String Quartet, a concert soloist, a belly dancer, a police finger-printer, a strolling, rhinestone-studded "big violinist" for royalty, a non-denominational wedding officiant, a student of Italian, Tango Nuevo, Persian, and Roma music and a composer and performer for chamber ensembles, orchestras, film, and dance. Her compositions are performed and broadcast internationally including by the Ahn Trio, David Parsons Dance Troupe, the Omaha Symphony, Boston Chamber Orchestra, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Tassajara Symphony, the Mill Valley Philharmonic, and Orchestra Rosario in Argentina. Vlazville Music publishes and distributes her sheet music and recording.
She is the founding director of Composing Together, an organization that brings professional composers and musicians into schools, creating and performing almost 100 new works in its first 6 years. She is also a founding faculty member of the John Adams Young Composer Program at the Crowden School, designed and led Berkeley Symphony's Junior Composer Program, a Certified Teaching Artist for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, a member of the Teaching Artists Guild, and a "Composer in the Schools" for the American Composers Forum-San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. She conducts educational clinics around the country, including "My Goldfish Died-Blues for Strings". Her CD, "Add Viola and Stir", features jazz and classical works with viola and is heard world-wide on radio and streaming sites.
She is a contributing author to the American String Teachers Association book, "Playing and Teaching the Viola" and has contributed articles to the ASTA Journal, Journal of the American Viola Society, Strings Magazine, and other music-oriented periodicals and newsletters. She also wrote a handbook for the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of American Composers Forum on teaching composition to teenagers.
Short Bio for press releases and program notes
Katrina Wreede, composer and violist, has been a professional symphony musician, a jazz violist, a member of the ground-breaking Turtle Island String Quartet, a concert soloist, a belly dancer, a police finger-printer, a rhinestone-studded "continental" violinist for royalty, a non-denominational wedding officiant, a player of Tango Nuevo, Persian, and Roma music and a composer for soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestras, film, and dance. She shares her love of creating and performing all kinds of music with young people through her "Composing Together" program, which brings composers and musicians into classrooms.
What Critics Say...
"extemporaneous mastery rare, perhaps unique, in the annals of the viola."
Leonard Feather, jazz historian and Los Angeles Times critic
"stunningly talented and imaginative..."
_San Francisco Examiner"
San Jose Mercury News
"a promising composer..."
"...a relaxed and highly professional air..."