Originally from Chicago, Kat Doebel moved to Papillion in 1991 when her husband’s Air Force career brought them to Offutt Air Force Base. And while he was sent to other short-term assignments, Kat and their three children grew roots in the Omaha area as her husband managed re-assignments to Offutt. Kat earned a BS in Music Education Vocal/Choral emphasis from the University of Illinois- Urbana/Champaign and a Master in Music Education from the University of Nebraska – Omaha. From the age of 12, she was involved in church music when the organist moved to another parish and Kat and her brother were volunteered to play for mass on Sundays. Her church music experience expanded when she was asked to direct a choir at the Newman Center at the U of Illinois. She has directed choirs in every parish where their family was stationed adhering to the motto of “Bloom where you are planted.” Even if that means being uprooted once in a while.
Since moving to the Omaha area, Kat has been involved in a number of musical organizations. She was the choir director at Gross Catholic High School in Bellevue for 23 years, retiring in 2015. As vocal music instructor, she was the music director for Gross Catholic musicals as well as music director for St. Bernadette’s summer musical productions. In addition to being a cantor, she directed the Junior Choir for 10 of years at St. Columbkille parish in Papillion. This choir was one of two selected to perform in the first touring company of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’s Omaha run.
From 2003-2010, Kat directed the high school choir affiliated with The Nebraska Children’s Choir; The Choral Arts Society Teens. Upon the dissolution of that organization, The Omaha Academy Choir was formed. From 1991 to the present, Kat has been a cantor at Boys Town Dowd Chapel. Kat also sings with The Omaha Chamber Singers. Kat and her husband now live on a hardwood tree farm in Council Bluffs. While it may be on the other side of the Missouri River, it is still part of the Omaha area they consider home.