The Eastern Iowa Brass Band is proud to announce the appointment of their next director, Kate Wohlman. Kate will take over the baton in August when current director, Joshua Thompson, embarks on his new teaching position at Wayne State college in Wayne, Nebraska.
Born and raised in the UK, Kate Wohlman began performing at an early age as a pianist, singer and trumpet player. Aged nine she was selected to be a girl chorister at Wells Cathedral and spent five years singing in the cathedral choir. During this time she progressed from trumpet to tuba and in 1998 was awarded a government-funded scholarship to remain at Wells Cathedral School for the following four years. At Wells she performed with all of the school’s leading ensembles, where performance highlights included being concerto soloist at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, reaching the regional finals of the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year competition, and touring with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain. Following high school Kate was accepted to the MusB(Hons) GRNCM degree program, shared jointly by the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music, enjoying the opportunities presented by both institutions. She also performed with a variety of local orchestras and brass bands in the North of England. Her tuba teachers in the UK included Sean O’Neill, James Gourlay, Ewan Easton, with visiting instruction from Roger Bobo, Mel Culbertson and Roland Szentpali.
In fall 2007 Kate spent an exchange semester away at Penn State University (USA), where she studied tuba with Velvet Brown and composition with Paul Barsom. Following the completion of her studies at RNCM Kate returned to Penn State and completed an MM in Tuba Performance, and an MA in Music Theory, working as a graduate teaching assistant in the Theory Department. In fall 2010 Kate began the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Iowa, where she was awarded the prestigious Iowa Performance Fellowship. She studies tuba with John Manning, trombone with David Gier, and conducts the UI Collegium Tubum ensemble.
Quote from Kate:
After performing with the band at the US Open last year I am excited to now take up the position of conductor with EIBB in their 25th Anniversary year. During my studies at RNCM I had the good fortune to play in bands under Ian Porthouse, James Gourlay, Dr Nicholas Childs and more, and look forward to bringing those experiences with me to my new role.