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Kathie Van Lare

Kathie Van Lare Born and raised in Calgary, Kathie Van Lare received her B. Mus. (Secondary Music Education), Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts (Wind Band Conducting) and Teacher Certification from the University of Calgary. She also completed course work in Jazz Studies at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia while on sabbatical from the Calgary Board of Education. Kathie has been teaching secondary school music in the Calgary area since 1989 and is currently an Instrumental Music Director at Centennial High School. Active as a guest conductor and adjudicator throughout Alberta, Kathie has also served on faculty at Musicamrose and the Calgary Summer Band Workshop. She is a member of the Band Masters’ Fraternity Phi Beta Mu and was the 2012 recipient of the Elkhorn Award, “Director of the Year” from the Alberta Band Association.

Bands under Kathie’s direction have been the recipients of numerous “Superior” ratings and “Gold Awards” at many local, provincial and international festivals. Kathie also continues to be active as a trumpet player and has performed with many groups including among others, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony, Calgary Bach Society, Bow Valley Chorus, Prime Time Big Band, Calgary Jazz Orchestra, Southern Stardust Big Band, Alberta Winds and Altius Brass.

Beyond music, Kathie’s other passions include baseball, horses and woodworking. She lives just outside of Okotoks with her many animals including horses, dogs, cats and husband Matt.



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