"... 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, Dr. Halbert has performed with various symphony orchestras 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 been a performer with the Quad Cities Symphony, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and is a founding member of the Wild Prairie Winds.

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. 

A frequent soloist, she has performed at the International Women’s Brass Conference, the Ohio Music Educator’s Conference, and the Mid North Horn Workshop. As a clinician, she has been a visiting guest artist at schools such as Western Illinois University, 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.

As 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. 

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.


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