B i o g r a p h y
Katherine Weintraub (a native of Sarasota, Florida) is a decorated performer, passionate educator, and recent doctoral graduate of the Eastman School of Music. She made her solo debut at the age of 15 performing Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da Camera with the Florida Orchestra. Known for her sensitive musicianship, Dr. Weintraub champions the standard repertoire of the saxophone in addition to contemporary music and creative transcriptions of borrowed works.
Dr. Weintraub holds her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Donald Sinta, and her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Chien-Kwan Lin. While attending University of Michigan, she was named winner of the school’s Graduate Concerto Competition in 2011. As a doctoral student at Eastman, she was awarded first prize at the International William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition in 2013. The same year, she was also a national finalist in the MTNA Young Artist Competition. In the fall of 2014, she was the winner of the Eastman School of Music Concerto Competition. Shortly after, she was named first-prize winner of the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISSAC) in Columbus, Georgia.
Dr. Weintraub has performed at notable venues such as the Shanghai Grand Theater, the National Center of the Performing Arts in Beijing, China; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She has also been featured as a soloist with the University of Michigan Philharmonia, the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and the Florida State University Wind Orchestra. In the summer of 2018, she premiered two new works (one for solo saxophone and one for saxophone and electroacoustics) at the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia.
In addition to her performing endeavors, Dr. Weintraub has maintained a substantial profile as an educator. While Graduate Teaching Assistant to Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin at the Eastman School of Music, she taught private saxophone lessons at the Eastman Community Music School, coached several undergraduate saxophone quartets, and taught secondary saxophone lessons to University of Rochester students. Community outreach has also been a vital component of Dr. Weintraub’s teaching profile. From 2013-2016, she was the saxophone instructor for Rochester New Horizons, a music education program aimed toward enriching the lives of retired seniors. She also served saxophone instructor for the Eastman Pathways Program, a scholarship program designed to give inner city students a conservatory-level music education.
In 2016, Dr. Weintraub was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Florida State University, where she taught for two years. In the summer of 2018, she moved to Tampa, Florida, where she has started her own private studio and been appointed the Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. Dr. Weintraub is a Selmer artist and performs exclusively on Selmer-Paris saxophones.