Kate Alexandra Portrait
Photograph by Jackie Stevens, 2016.

Dr. Kate Alexandra is an educator and performer in Chicagoland, as well as a life member of the International Society of Double Bassists. In 2019, Kate earned her doctorate in double bass performance with a cognate in arts administration from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

For her doctoral project, Kate commissioned a selection of works by nine women composers representing a diverse set of demographics, backgrounds, and experiences. The commissioning and recording of these works resulted from Kate’s dedication to bringing new and different perspectives to the double bass repertoire, while simultaneously highlighting the need for representation among composers and for inclusion among bass performers.

During her time in Cincinnati, Kate worked as the music theory instructor and teaching assistant at the Cincinnati Double Bass Institute, as well as the double bass instructor, and the masterclass and chamber music coach at Withrow University High School. As an avid chamber musician, Kate most recently premiered five new works for mezzo-soprano, percussion, and double bass with Cincinnati Soundbox at the 21c Museum Hotel.

Throughout her career, Kate has participated in summer festivals including the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as a Professional Fellow studying with Mr. Jeff Bradetich and Dr. Gudrun Raschen (2017) and Sewanee Summer Music Festival studying with Sid King (2014).

She was honored with the Katherine Anne Suber-Whiton Memorial Award for Double Bass Excellence in 2012 and 2010 from the University of Colorado at Boulder.Her influential teachers include Rachel Calin, Albert Laszlo, Maurice Todd, Paul Erhard, Nick Recuber, Jenny West, Miriam Bijkerk, Jason Heath, and Jamie Chen. Kate performs on a contrabass labeled Josef Chramosta Nove Benatry from 1880 that was recently restored by the Cincinnati Bass Cellar. She is also vegan!