Katherine Woolsey

Faculty, Music

Dr. Katherine Woolsey enjoys a versatile career as a pedagogue as well as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician. She is currently principal oboe with the Midwest Chamber Ensemble and has previously performed with the Topeka Symphony, St. Joseph Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast and the Kansas City Baroque Consortium. She has performed at state, regional and international conferences for the Kansas Music Educators Association, Midwest Double Reed Society, Electronic Music Midwest, Omaha Under the Radar, Society for Composers Inc. and International Double Reed Society. An advocate of new music, Katherine has recently commissioned works from composers Bill Douglas, Jon Fielder, Jason Holt Mitchell and Jason Charney.  

As a clinician, she has given master classes for the Midwest Double Reed Society, Topeka Youth Wind Ensemble, Maquoketa Double Reed Clinic and Florida State University Double Reed Workshop, and at universities such as Ball State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Kansas. Most recently, Katherine authored “Deciphering Double Reeds: Method and Practice,” a textbook for use in double reed methods courses available through LoCo Press. She has served as president and newsletter editor of the Midwest Double Reed Society since 2015.

Katherine holds a Doctorate of Music and a certificate in college teaching from Florida State University. Her primary teachers include Cynthia Lambrecht, Ashley Barret, Mark Ostoich and Eric Ohlsson.