"... an outstanding horn player and musician..."


Hornist Katey J. Halbert is a performer, teacher, and clinician living in Central Iowa. At home on the concert stage, she has performed as a soloist and orchestral musician across the country. While living in Ohio she performed with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Philharmonic, Central Ohio Symphony, Newark-Granville Symphony, McConnell Arts Center Chamber Players, and Opera Project Columbus. Now as a resident of Iowa, she has performed with the Quad Cities Symphony, Southeast Iowa Symphony, and Waterloo-Cedar Fall Symphony. 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 teacher, she currently is on faculty at Grand View University in Des Moines and Central College in Pella, Iowa. Previously, she has served on the faculty of Muskingum University, Marietta College, and Mount Vernon Nazarene University. While teaching at the collegiate level she has taught private lessons, organized studio class, and coached numerous chamber ensembles. She was also a member of the Muskingum University Faculty Brass Quintet and currently plays with Central College’s Iowa Chamber Players. 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, and the Columbus Youth Symphony. She spends her summers on faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. 

As a clinician, she has been a visiting guest artist at schools such as Western Illinois University, Drake Univerity, 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.

An advocate for female equality in the music community, Dr. Halbert has maintained a blog entitled “Brassy Ladies” for the last year which highlights female brass players 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 female composer, Catherine McMichael, to have a Sonata for Horn written that was premiered at the International Women’s Brass Conference in 2019, and then recorded by Mrs. 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 Colloquim Series, and the Women Composer's Festival at Hartford.

Dr. Halbert received her Doctorate in Musical Arts 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.