About Kate

The basics....

Kate Young is a clarinetist from upstate New York who is now based in Phildelphia, PA. She she is currently serving as the Interim Professor of Clarinet at the University of Delaware for the Fall of 2017. Additionally she is the Instructor of Clarinet and Saxophone for the St. Andrew's School in Middletown, DE and the Nelly Berman School of Music in Ardmore, PA.  

Previous to these posts, Dr. Young performed and taught throughout Louisiana. She served as the Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone at the Louisiana College in Pineville, LA, maintained a large private studio, and performed as a Bass, Eb, and soprano clarinetist with the Baton Rouge Symphony, Acadiana Symphony, and Opera Lousiane company.


Dr. Young gives regular masterclasses and performances (including Universidad de Panamá, the Instituto Nacional de Música de Panamá, the Casa de Cultura de Panamá, a residency of performances in Chile, University of Maryland, University of Montana, LSU, Northwestern State, Southeastern University, University of Southern Mississippi, Southern University). Dr. Young appeared with the Louisiana College Wind Ensemble for a performance of Scott McAlister's Black Dog and with the University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra for Carl Maria von Weber's Concertino.

In addition to her position at Louisiana College, she taught private lessons in Louisiana through the East Ascension High School, Grace Notes Music Studios, and in her private home studio. Her students regularly place in All-State and All-District bands, the Louisiana Youth Orchestras, the LSU Tiger Band, and University music programs. 


Dr. Young served on the artistic organizing committee for the International Clarinet Association's conference ClarinetFEST 2015. She regularly serves as an adjudicator for competitions including the ICA Research Competition, LSU Ensemble Auditions, and Louisiana All-District and All-State Final Rounds.


Dr. Young's research interests combine her experience in Cognitive Science, Kinesiology, and Music. Through a collaboration with the Kinesiology department at LSU, her dissertation used electromyography (EMG) to record how muscles activity changed as the thumb-rest position is changed. She hopes to apply this information to future research in clarinet design, injury prevention, and injury rehabilitation. Young won first prize for this research at the International Clarinet Association's Research Competition in Madrid, 2015.  She also presented this research during July 2015 at the PAMA (Performing Arts Medicine Association) Conference in Snowmass, CO.


She earned her Masters of Music (2011) and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees (December, 2014) from the Louisiana State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Brain and Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester (2009). Her primary mentor is Robert DiLutis. 

Professional Affiliations

She is a member of the International Clarinet Association, PAMA (Performing Arts Medicine Association), & the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.