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About Katie Repka

Katie Repka
Katie Repka
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Alexandria, VA
Speaks: English
Instructs: Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Flute
Education: New York State K-12 Music Teacher Certification Bachelor of Music in Education and Performance - SUNY Potsdam, The Crane School of Music, Master of Music in Performance - The Pennsylvania State University, Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance - George Mason University
Performance Experience: Principal Clarinet, 2 years - George Mason University Wind Symphony, Principal Clarinet, 2 years - Pennsylvania State University Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble, Pennsylvania State University Graduate Quintet, 2 years, Altoona Symphony Orchestra Substitute Musician, 1 year- Bass Clarinet, Northern Symphonic Winds, 1 year
Teaching Experience: Private Clarinet Teacher, 6 years (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and Flute), Private Tutor, 1 year (Aural Skills), Graduate Lecturer, George Mason University, 2 years (Popular Music in America, Aural Skills, and Fundamentals of Music), Clarinet Graduate Teaching Assistant, Pennsylvania State University, 2 years (Clarinet Lessons, Clarinet Methods Course), Daraja Music Initiative, Africa, summer volunteer (Group Clarinet Lessons and General Music)
Teaching Philosophy: My students are welcome to create, take risks, and share their ideas, which will allow them to grow from those experiences. Each student is unique and I hope to prompt curiosity and excitement in my students’ education that empowers them to find creativity and expression in their art. Music teaches us how to challenge ourselves, be creative, and be self-reflective. It is my job to not only impart knowledge, but serve as a role model, support system, and safe resource for my students.

Get to know Katie Repka

Katherine Repka is doctoral candidate in clarinet performance, studying in the studio of George Mason University clarinet professor Dr. Kathleen Mulcahy. A native of Buffalo, NY, she received her bachelor’s degree in music education and performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Furthering her education, she received a master’s degree in performance at Pennsylvania State University.

At George Mason, Katie frequently assists with the clarinet choir and studio and performs as principal clarinet of the Wind Symphony. At the University she has taught Aural Skills II for music majors and Popular Music in American and Fundamentals of Music for non-music majors. At Penn State, Katie served as the graduate teaching assistant for the clarinet studio, and performed with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Clarinet Choir, and Graduate Woodwind Quintet.

In the past, Katie has been a featured soloist with the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra performing Aaron Copland’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra. She was also awarded first place in the performance category at the Penn State Graduate Exhibition playing Bela Kovacs’ Hommage a Manuel DeFalla. Katie has performed at venues including the Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, and Hershey Theater.

In summer 2017, Katie traveled to Tanzania, Africa where she taught general music and clarinet to students through the Daraja Music Initiative (DMI). “Teaching secondary students in Tanzania to play musical instruments empowers them by improving problem-solving skills, facilitating self-sufficiency, and by providing a healthy creative outlet. Students and DMI teachers take part in innovative interdisciplinary performances/tree plantings throughout Tanzania to help connect the clarinet and the tree it is made of, Mpingo, with the community– therefore fostering a sincere desire for a sustainable future.” (www.darajamusicinitiative.org)

Katie has had the opportunity to perform in master classes presented by Thomas Lessels, YaoGuang Zhao, Hein Weidijk, Dan Gilbert, Chad Burrow, Michael Webster, Andy Brown, and Julie Detweiler. In addition to Dr. Mulcahy, her major teachers include Dr. Anthony Costa, Dr. Julianne Kirk-Doyle and Ms. Patti DiLutis.

In addition to her performance experiences, Katie is a New York State Certified K-12 Music Teacher.

You can learn more about Katie at www.katierepka.com

Katie Repka teaches at:
4664 King St
Alexandria, VA 22302
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