About Katie Combest
Katie Combest grew up around music. Her family encouraged her in her music education. She grew up singing in choir, playing the piano, then began her clarinet studies in the 7th grade. She immediately loved it. She earned the Principal Clarinet seat with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra after only having played clarinet for barely three years. She had never even played in an orchestra prior to her seat.
Katie auditioned and applied for many schools, and was accepted into every one that she applied. She chose to attend the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She studied clarinet with Kenneth Grant and Jon Manasse. The instructors who made the biggest positive impact on her while at Eastman were Richard Kilmer and Donald Hunsberger.
Katie has also studied with David Weber, Denise Gainey, Nancy Gamso, John Scott, and Paul Garner. Denise Gainey and Paul Garner have been her most influential instructors. She has performed in master classes given by Loren Kitt, Fred Ormand, Edward Palanker, and Larry Combs. Katie has performed with the Eastern Winds, Texas Winds Quintet, Southern Winds Trio, the Allen Symphony, the Las Colinas Symphony, the East Texas Symphony, Musica Nova, the New Orchestra of Spain, the Austin Ballet, the Austin Symphony, and the Bear Valley Symphony Orchestra. Katie also substitutes with major orchestras, musicals, operas, and freelance groups throughout Texas.
Katie has numerous interests outside of music, as well. She has a Business and Spanish degree from the University of North Texas. She has volunteered for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Dallas, and the Education and Animal Rescue Society of Dallas, TX. She enjoys writing, reading, Latin dance, traveling, attending cultural events, and spending time with her loved ones.