ABOUT THE ARTIST
"... an outstanding horn player and musician..."
Hornist Katey J. Halbert’s vibrant personality and passion for music inspire both as a teacher and performer. Residing in Northwest Arkansas, she is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. In addition to maintaining the studio and running studio class, she also performs with the faculty wind quintet, Lyrique Quintette, and the faculty brass quintet, Brassworks. Previously, she has served on the faculty of Grand View University, Central College, Muskingum University, Marietta College, and Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Dr. Halbert has also maintained a successful private studio since 2009 and her students have gone on to participate in many prestigious youth symphonies, all-state ensembles, and summer programs including Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Ohio and Iowa’s All-State Ensembles, the Columbus Youth Symphony, and the Quad Cities Youth Symphony. She spends her summers on faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan.
At home on the concert stage, she has performed as a soloist and orchestral musician throughout the US. During her career, she has performed with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Philharmonic, Quad Cities Symphony, Central Ohio Symphony, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Southeast Iowa Symphony, Newark-Granville Symphony, McConnell Arts Center Chamber Players, and Opera Project Columbus. As a soloist, she appeared on the international stage when she premiered a commissioned work for horn at the International Women's Brass Conference in 2019. She has been a soloist with ensembles such as the Muskingum Valley Winds, Muskingum University Collegiate Choir, Bowling Green Men's Chorus, Central College Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the Grand View University Choir.
As a clinician, she has been a visiting guest artist at schools such as Western Illinois University, Drake University, Grinnell College, Luther College, Iowa State University, and Wright State University. Additionally, she has worked high school clinics such as the University of Iowa Hawkeye Honor Band, St. Ambrose University Honor Band, and many others throughout Ohio, Iowa, and Michigan.
An advocate for female equality in the music community, Dr. Halbert has maintained a blog entitled “Brassy Ladies” since 2019 which highlights female brass players and ensembles both currently and historically. The blog was started as a project for a class but turned into a hub for empowering stories of female brass players overcoming adversity in a male-dominated field. She also worked alongside composer Catherine McMichael to create “Borealis: An Essay in Three Movements for Horn and Piano” that was premiered at the International Women’s Brass Conference in 2019, and then recorded by Dr. Halbert in 2020. She has also presented programs of all-female representation at the College Music Society's Central Regional Conference, Grand View's Faculty Research Colloquium Series, and the Women Composer's Festival at Hartford.
Dr. Halbert received her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa under the direction of Jeffrey Agrell. Her previous schools include Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Michigan. She is also the horn player and founding member of the Wild Prairie Winds, a nonprofit wind quintet.