Violinist, Kate Black, has taught at the Carnegie Mellon University String Preparatory Program in Pittsburgh since its inception in 2003. Originally from Chicago, she holds a bachelor of music degree from DePaul University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan. Her principal teachers have included Paul Kantor, Andrew Jennings and Mark Zinger. Before coming to Pittsburgh, Kate was on faculty at the Merit School of Music in Chicago.
Ms. Black enjoys performing as well as teaching. She was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago when it performed under the direction of Daniel Barenboim in Carnegie Hall. She also performed frequently with the chamber orchestra Concertante di Chicago. While living in Pittsburgh, she has held the Assistant Concertmaster positions in the Wheeling, Westmoreland and Youngstown Symphonies, as well as Principal Second Violin of the Pittsburgh Live Music Chamber Orchestra and Assistant Principal Second Violin in the West Virginia Symphony. Currently, she is a frequent substitute with the Pittsburgh Symphony and is a member of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra. In the summer, Kate has performed with the Sunflower Music Festival Chamber Orchestra in Topeka, Kansas and the Grant Park Music Festival.
Ms. Black currently resides with her two wonderful little boys, Nicholas and Wesley, and husband, Jeremy.