About the Instructor

Katie Dessert

Katie Dessert graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors from SUNY Fredonia with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Music Education. She has an extensive background in many instruments.

She studied voice under Dr. Patricia Corron and Dr. Angela Haas at SUNY Fredonia.

She has studied privately with Jacqueline McLean (voice), Marjorie Fulmer (flute and piccolo), Dennis Mellander (piano), and Bradley Meholick (flute and piano).

Her performance experience is very diverse. She performs with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and Batavia Concert Band during the summer. During the summer of 2023, Katie will be touring England with the Fredonia Choirs.

Katie has performed with multiple local theatre companies, the Rochester Flute Association Flute Choir, the Yale Precision Marching Band, The Hochstein School, and the Fredonia Summer Music Festival. While in high school, she performed in state-level ensembles on flute and voice. 

Katie did her student teaching placements at Fredonia Middle/High School and Brocton Elementary School. She is currently a substitute teacher at Brocton CSD and recently taught 7-12 Voice at Dansville CSD. 

Katie was thrilled to assist in the production of Fredonia CSD's musical, "All Shook Up," and Brocton CSD's musical, "The Addams Family" during her student teaching placements. She also assisted with the direction of the Chautauqua Youth Chorus.

Katie has a background in many years of musicals, marching band, jazz band, select vocal ensembles, private lessons, and leadership roles within the music community.

After many years of experience performing in the community, Katie is ready to share her experiences with the community and help a new generation of musicians!

Outside of teaching music, Katie enjoys spending time outdoors, knitting, crocheting, attending concerts, playing Mario Kart, taking spontaneous photo shoots with friends, being a bad roller skater, listening to true crime podcasts, making niche Spotify playlists, anything fall-related, and spoiling her roommate's cat (Jovie) with lots of toys and treats. 

Katie is an avid advocate for inclusive teaching practices, such as trauma-informed pedagogy, social-emotional learning, and equitable access to education.