Katie Rife continually seeks new and intriguing ways to use her percussion skills, and is active both as an educator and a performer of chamber and orchestral music. She is a percussionist with the Okanagan Symphony and an extra musician with the Vancouver Symphony and Kamloops Symphony. Over the past year she has performed in concerts presented by Music on Main, Vancouver New Music, Redshift Music Society, UBC School of Music, and the Canadian Music Centre, both as a freelancer and with her chamber group the Ethos Collective. Other ensembles she has performed with include the Victoria Symphony, Hard Rubber Orchestra, Redshift’s Vertical Orchestra, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Fringe Percussion, Erato Ensemble, and the Vancouver Brass Project.
Katie holds a Masters of Music and Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with San Francisco Symphony principal percussionist Jack Van Geem, and a Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of British Columbia, where she studied with Sal Ferreras and Vern Griffiths.
A many-time alumna of the Banff Centre, she has participated in both the long and short term artist in residence programs, as well as nearly every music program that involves percussion. Summer program highlights include the Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music, Steven Schick's Roots & Rhizomes Percussion Residency, and five seasons with the Banff Festival Orchestra.
As an educator, she also teaches at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and the Langley Community Music School. Katie is a clinician with Long & McQuade and VSO Connects, and has taught clinics to high school students throughout the Lower Mainland and Okanagan Valley.