Originally from Indianapolis, IN, Katie Danforth currently attends the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where she is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Oboe Performance under the instruction of Robert Atherholt. Previously, she studied with Robert Walters at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Oboe Performance in 2021. As an orchestral musician, Katie has performed as an extra musician with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Akron Symphony Orchestra. She was also a member of the 2020 National Academy Orchestra of Canada and a member of the 2022 Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra. Outside of performance, Katie teaches private lessons and masterclasses in the greater Houston area and is passionate about creating a comfortable and accessible environment for students to cultivate a love for music. When she is not making reeds, Katie is an avid reader and enjoys relaxing with a cup of tea and a great book.