Kate Amrine

A passionate and creative performer, Kate Amrine is a prominent young trumpet player balancing a multifaceted career from curating concerts and developing new repertoire to freelancing with many different groups in the New York city area. She is extremely dedicated to commissioning, performing, and curating new music performances as both a soloist and a chamber musician. She also works as a contractor hiring musicians for various events including a full orchestra classical concert, musical theater pits, rock band horn sections, and chamber ensembles for recording sessions. Kate recently hired a 40-person orchestra for a full album recording session at Avatar Studios. As a commercial player, Kate performs with bands of all different styles from Latin to hip-hop and she appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in an all-girl horn section with the rock band Sleigh Bells in 2013. Recently, she appeared as a musician extra for the A&E show Unforgettable with several other freelance musicians.

Kate also frequently performs in various regional and off broadway musical theater productions; some selected shows include filling in for a week of the Annie National Tour, touring the Southwest and Florida with the Broadway Big Band, performing in the 2015 New York Musical Theater Festival production of Into the Sun, and substituting in the off Broadway productions of Mary Poppins (Westchester Broadway Theater), Three Penny Opera (Atlantic Theater Company) and Lies My Father Told Me (National Yiddish Theatre).

In addition to performing, she teaches all ages and levels from grade school students in Brooklyn and Harlem to college students at New York University as an adjunct instructor. Kate received a Bachelor's degree in Trumpet Performance from NYU, where she studied with Thomas Hoyt, Laurie Frink, and Jeremy Pelt. Kate is currently pursuing her Master's degree from Peabody Conservatory, studying with Joe Burgstaller.

Concert Dates

  • May 14, 2017 - Brooklyn, New York

15 one-minute selections

    Small Sketches or Flashes of Moment
    Thomas Bailey
    Born 1986, Thomas Bailey earned a bachelor of music composition at Baylor University, a Masters degree in Music Composition at Sam Houston State University, and currently serves as adjunct professor of music at Lone Star College Tomball. His music has been performed in short film and universities across Texas.
    This piece explores creating musical ideas in very small timeframes and building them into a work that lasts just one minute. Each movement seems a sketch, a flash of something much larger, or perhaps merely a wisp here one moment and gone when the next moment comes.
    Soliloquy II
    David Bohn
    David Bohn received degrees in composition from the University of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Illinois. He currently resides in West Allis, Wisconsin, and is the music director at St. John's Lutheran Church in West Milwaukee. He is the President of the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers.
    Soliloquy II is a sequel of sorts to my previous Soliloquy for solo Trumpet
    John Catterall
    I live in Bury Lancashire near Manchester. I currently make my living teaching music technology in college. My main interest is in creating ambient electronic music. I have spent many years teaching guitar and flute in schools and have been MD for various music ensembles including choirs and Big Bands.
    Unusual in that it is in 5 rather than the regular 3 beats. It is based on two main themes the first in the opening bar and the second a melody with repeated pedal notes. It should be played in a light delicate way.
    Canciòn para Trompeta Sola
    Isaiah Cruz
    My name is Isaiah Cruz, I am fourteen years old and would love to pursue composition as a career. I live in San Diego, California, with my mom, dad, and brother.
    Nicholas Alexander Drake
    Nicholas Alexander Drake was born in Louisville, KY. He earned a BA in philosophy from Centre College and an MM in music composition from the University of Louisville. He composes chamber and electronic music. He currently lives in Jonesboro, AR with his wife and daughter. His website is pagedrakemusic.com.
    Cyclone was composed for solo trumpet in C for the "Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame" project, Kate Amrine, trumpet. The idea for the title emerged after I finished the piece. Driving rhythmic energy pushes the chromatic material into spiraling fragments within short phrases.
    I'll wear what I want
    Keith R. Gambling
    Keith R. Gambling is based in Brisbane, Australia. He's studied music at the University of Queensland, and as a hobbyist performs with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. Keith has written scores for two award-winning short films, and recently one of his works was chosen for recording by Athens-based flautist Iwona Glinka.
    I wanted to write something specifically for Kate, and when I came across Kate's Twitter feed from 07/10/2016, I knew this was it. "I sit in the back of the orchestra but it's a crime if I show my knees onstage? #bodyshamingisnotok #womenhavebodies #getoverit #notsilent"
    Baião for Trumpet
    Fermino Gomes
    Fermino Gomes (Patos, PB, Brasil) studied theory with Gazi Sa and João de Barro at Caipira University of Paraiba (UNICPB), Brazil. As well as an active composer, Fermino performs on the viola (Brazilian 10 string-folk guitar) regularly. Fermino currently lives in New York City.
    The Baião rhythm from Brazil’s NorthEast is the medium for this conversational dance. The entire piece should sound like a cross between a Nordestino’s melodic speech and dance: erhaps speaking while dancing forro.
    the way Rothko bled his edges
    G. Blake Harrison-Lane
    G. Blake Harrison-Lane is a composer, audio engineer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Tampa, FL. Most recently, he studied composition with Lewis Nielson and is currently pursuing a M.M. in Music Composition at the University of South Florida under the instruction of Baljinder Sekhon and Paul Reller.
    My primary focus in composing the way Rothko bled his edges was on the timbre and directionality of the sound of the trumpet. The interest, for me, lies not in the content of what the trumpet is playing but in the way that it is playing it.
    Andrew J. Leggett
    Andrew J. Leggett is a composer, singer, percussionist, actor and poet from Sacramento, CA. He recently graduated from American River College with his Associates of Arts in Music Composition, where he studied with jazz pianist and composer, Joe Gilman.
    This piece has two disparate influences: the genre of great brass voluntaries of the British Baroque (a la Jeremiah Clarke, Henry Purcell, William Byrd, etc.), and Charles Ives's "The Unanswered Question". Here, the trumpet uses descending and ascending quartal arpeggios to ask the eternal question: "why does death exist?"
    David Mecionis
    David Mecionis is a composer and copyist living in NYC with his wife and cats. He has composed, arranged, performed and produced classical and rock music in the US and Europe. He's a member of New York Composers Circle. Though an unmitigated autodidact, he currently studies with Raoul Pleskow.
    Nine notes are derived by removing the F#/Gb major chord (Fi-li-di/Se-te-ra in solfège) from the chromatic. The resulting interval content guides the structure, which courses through interval-classes five, three, one, two, four, then six, with overlaps in the transitions and developmental play in the middle. Thanks Kate!
    Manuel Mejía
    Colombian composer, obtained a masters degree in composition at Royal Well College of Music in Great Britain and Phd in UNAM in Mexico. his works have been played in Europe and America. At the moment he works as a full time teacher at UIS university in Santander Colombia
    Serpent is music inspired by reptile movement, expresed by asymmetric and energic motives that corelate to create a miniature scherzo that personify the animal and its behavior in a similar manner to those ancient ritual expresions.
    Ojos claros
    Tomás Olano
    Pianist, composer and teacher born May 12th 1983, in Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina.He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in composition, obtained in the Arts Faculty of Universidad Nacional de La Plata.
    "Ojos claros" ("Light-colored eyes") is a piece composed for Kate Amrine. In it, different durations and timbres are contraposed in a brief period of time, unifying these processes of variation through that which is permanent: pitch.
    Waiting on a Text
    Kevin Rose
    Based in the New York City area, Kevin’s compositions are influenced by rock and jazz, as much as contemporary classical music. Kevin received his Bachelor in Music in Composition from Indiana University, with graduate studies in Film Scoring at NYU. Kevin is an also an active French horn player.
    “Waiting on a Text” showcases the agility of the Trumpet; imagining a slightly agitated character anxiously awaiting a message. Perhaps excited, perhaps nervous - a wide swing of emotions (and back again) in less than 60 seconds.
    Mateo Soto
    Mateo Soto was born in 1972 in Spain. He studied composition with Manuel Seco de Arpe. He also express his gratitude to Salvador Brotons, Tomás Marco and Antón García Abril. He received several composition prizes and His works are published, played and recorded by renowned performers.
    Fatal Arrhythmia
    Neil Stipp
    Neil Stipp is a free-lance performer, teacher, and composer. He received his DMA in organ performance from the University of California at Los Angeles. Neil won first prize in the international 2010 AGO/ECS publishing award competition for his anthem, “May Your Life Be Filled With Gladness.”
    The work describes a normal pulsating heartbeat gone awry and never corrects itself -- leading to the predictable conclusion.