Kate Stubbs holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano from The University of Texas at Austin as well as a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Bowling Green State University. Her mentors include Laura Melton, Thomas Rosenkranz, and Anne Epperson.
From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Stubbs served as staff pianist for the Bowling Green State University’s opera theatre department and was featured in their production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. From 2011 to 2012, she worked extensively with Toledo Opera, including serving as assistant pianist for their production of La Traviata, performing excerpts from Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle in the company’s outreach program, and working with the children’s chorus. In the summer of 2013 and 2014, she was on the staff of Austin’s Spotlight on Opera as pianist for their aria workshops and production of The Ballad of Baby Doe. In 2014, Dr. Stubbs was the pianist for the American Ballet Theater’s summer program held at The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Stubbs served on faculty at Southeastern Oklahoma State University as a Collaborative Pianist from 2015 to 2019. She taught applied lessons, fundamentals of music, coached and collaborated with all vocal and instrumental music majors in the department, and played for voice studio classes, graduate and undergraduate choral conducting methods, monthly departmental recitals, Symphonic Choir, University Singers, Chorale, Symphonic Winds, faculty recitals, and guest artist recitals.
At SOSU, she assisted in music preparation and performed Hansel and Gretel, The Telephone, Gallantry, and Dido and Aeneas at the piano with the Opera Theater Department as well as the Musical Theater Department’s production of Young Frankenstein. In 2016, she was a guest performer with Dr. Jeremy Marks on the faculty recital at Texas Tech University’s Big 12 Trombone Conference. She was also featured in several recitals at the CMS South Regional Conference in 2018.
Additional performances include Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzer at Texas A&M University-Commerce as well as Schubert’s Die Winterreise with tenor Dr. Jonathan Yarrington and a recital with mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin as a part of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series, both broadcasted on KUCO Classical Radio. Other recent engagements include recitals with Christopher Adkins, principal cellist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at Texas State University, guest artist appearances with Dr. Jennifer Glidden at Texas A&M Commerce, Northwestern State University, and The University of Southern Mississippi, and guest artist appearances with Dr. Michael Scheuerman and Jen Guzman at Ouachita Baptist University and The University of North Texas.
Dr. Stubbs was active in the Music Education community in Oklahoma, performing with SHARE Children’s Chorus in 2017, the Southeast Region All-District Honor Choir in 2016 and 2017, and adjudicator for the Denison Performing Arts Piano Competition in 2018. She also performed as the pianist for OKMEA’s All State Intercollegiate Choir in 2019 and has served as the Director of Music at First Christian Church in Durant from 2016 to 2019, where she built a vocal scholarship program.
Dr. Stubbs joined the faculty at East Tennessee State University in 2019, acting as the Theory coordinator, teaching Aural Skills, Class Piano, Fundamentals, Theory, and serving as a Collaborative Pianist for the Belles Women’s Choir.