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Katrina Wreede

Katrina Wreede, award-winning composer and violist, promotes improvisation and hands-on composition for young people.

Composing Together Educational Program

Composing Together brings professional composers and performers directly into schools and public spaces to engage people of all ages, collaborating with them to share, hear and create original works while empowering all of us with the knowledge that our ideas have meaning and value.

Composing Together is available for school or library residencies and one-time assembly visits in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationwide. Find examples of middle school level student projects below.

Student Work Showcase

An original composition created by Willard Middle School students as part of their Composing Together artist residency.

Original composition created by Brewer Middle School students as part of their Composing Together artist residency.

A Covid-era residency done completely on Zoom with Nancy Boyle’s King Middle School Band and Teaching Artists Katrina Wreede (composer) and Alan Bern (poet).

About Katrina

With over 30 years experience in individual and ensemble instruction and a nationwide reputation for creating compelling and inspirational classroom workshops, she thrives on developing and sharing exciting opportunities for the next generation to explore the tools they’ll need to take music forward.

Besides creating the Composing Together and My Goldfish Died-Blues for Strings programs, Wreede is founding faculty of the John Adams Young Composer Program at the Crowden School and is an accredited Teaching Artist for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. She has provided teacher training for American String Teachers Assoc., the Montana String Teachers Assoc., Bronxville Unified School District, San Francisco Unified School District, and Nevada County School District. Wreede composes for the traditional concert stage and unusual venues.

She has been a professional symphony musician, a member of the Turtle Island String Quartet, a concert soloist, a strolling, rhinestone-studded big violinist for royalty, a student of Tango Nuevo, Persian, and Roma music and a composer and performer for chamber ensembles, orchestras, silent film, and dance. Her solo CD of original jazz and classical works, Add Viola and Stir, is heard world-wide on radio and streaming sites. Katie is also the interim director for CMC’s Young Musicians Program.