A native of Lawrence, Kansas, organist/conductor/composer Katherine Burk (b. 1990) was recently appointed Canon for Cathedral Music-Elect at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, where she currently serves as Organ Scholar. She recently earned a doctorate in organ performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she was a student of Christopher Young; she also studied choral conducting with Dominick DiOrio and Betsy Burleigh. She completed undergraduate coursework at St. Olaf College in Minnesota where she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in organ performance and vocal music education. While at St. Olaf, she studied organ with Catherine Rodland and conducting with Anton Armstrong and sang in the St. Olaf Choir.
Katie is active as a choral clinician and composer, having served on the choral faculty both at the Royal School of Church Music in America (RSCMA)’s King’s College Training Course in Pennsylvania and at the Presbyterian Association of Musicians Worship and Music Conference at Montreat, North Carolina. Her choral compositions, which are published by Selah, have been heard in venues around the country. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the RSCMA and on the alumni board of directors for the Indiana University organ department. Known for her energy and passion in front of the classroom, she served as an instructor of music theory at IU and is a recent recipient of IU’s Wennerstrom Fellowship, an award that honors excellence in music theory pedagogy. She also was named to The Diapason’s “Twenty Under Thirty” Class of 2019 in recognition of outstanding achievement in the fields of church music and organ performance.
When she’s not practicing or working, Katie enjoys distance running, hiking, visiting Oregon wineries, cheering for the Portland Timbers and Thorns soccer teams, and cooking, all alongside her fiancé Dan.