Growing up in Sioux Falls, SD, Katie Schulte has been involved in music from the time she could talk. Displaying talent at an early age led to studying piano at the age of five. She then studied advanced piano and composition at Minnesota State University: Mankato with David Viscoli, Karen Boubel, and David Dickau. She has composed over 25 pieces for the piano, including a piece for concert band. She also enjoys arranging covers of an array of modern artists. In total, she has learned piano, flute/piccolo, violin, organ, guitar, and the Irish flute. She has also been adding vocals to her music in recent years.
She has earned various accomplishments including superior ratings on all piano and flute solo contests throughout high school, winning first place at her junior high and college talent show, becoming a Reflections songwriting finalist, appearing in the top eight finalists at Washington Pavilion's Sioux Falls Has Talent event, and receiving the Outstanding Band Member Award.
Katie has recorded with artist SycamoreBlue and is featured on two CD's, recorded in Nashville with artist Brady Allen on his CD "Perspective", appeared with Women of Winter -a women's showcase of local talent, played and appeared on a CD with the JohnThomas Band, and performs for Downtown Sioux Falls various evenings in the summer.
On the side, she plays for her friends and family and also does accompanying for students solos. She is currently studying music and social work, and participates in the college band.
Her love for Irish culture and Celtic music has influenced many of her pieces. Artists such as Celtic Women, Peter Bradley Adams, Yanni, Lorie Line, and Stephen Marq have been inspirational favorites throughout her life. She describes her original instrumental compositions as "contemporary classical". Katie's original pieces are a culmination of her life's reflections from her early childhood to her present life. She is currently working towards recording a CD named "A New Beginning".
By putting her heart into her music, she hopes that audiences will be able to connect with her memories and thoughts.
Away from the piano, Katie looks to poetry and journaling for inspiration, as well as spending time with nature.