Katherine Turner is a versatile pianist, educator and collaborator. She holds a Masters degree in piano performance from the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. She is also a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Some highlights from her early career include: winning the Cherokee Symphony Concerto Competition with the Robert Schumann piano concerto at age 19, advancing to the regional MTNA Chamber Music competition with her piano trio in 2011, winning the Ruetz Accompanying and Apprenticeship awards in 2011 and 2012, and performing in the 2012 SOUNDscape festival held in Maccagno, Italy. Katherine's approach to playing the piano has been shaped by a variety of study with instructors including Jackie Jenkins, Dr. James Johnson, Dr. Marie Rubis Bauer, Mark Misfeldt, Dr. Jane Solose and Karen Kushner.
One of Katherine's specialties is collaborating with dancers. She held a Graduate Assistant position with the dance department at the UMKC Conservatory and was on the accompanist faculty for the Kansas City Ballet, where she is regularly invited to return for their summer intensive. While at Kansas City Ballet, she had the opportunity to work with some of the leading ballet and dance professionals in the country, including the Mark Morris Dance group from Brooklyn, NY
Most recently, Katherine was invited to participate in the 2015 and 2016 Maccagno Piano Days Festival and Competition, held in Northern Italy. Her performances of Beethoven, Bartók and Liszt earned her a finalist spot in the 2015 festival's international competition.
Currently, Katherine is on the piano faculty at Omaha Conservatory of Music and College of Saint Mary, where she teaches class piano, applied piano, and accompanies the CSM Choirs. Through her teaching, Katherine hopes to instill not only the technique and artistry of the piano, but skills that benefit all facets of life such as self discipline, critical thinking and time management.