Kate Eakin is the solo oboist of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America and the Midwest Winds Quintet at Scott Air Force Base near O’Fallon, IL. She is also the English hornist of the Quad City Symphony and the Battle Creek Symphony.
After spending the first years of her career abroad teaching at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem, then performing with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la UANL in Monterrey, Mexico, Kate returned stateside in 2007.
Since that time, she has held positions with the Illinois and Peoria Symphonies, as well as the Millennium Chamber Players new music ensemble. She has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, New World Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony, da Corneto Opera, and the New Millennium Orchestra.
In addition to her performance activities, Kate was previously on faculty at the Sherwood Conservatory and Columbia College Chicago. She has also taught clinics in numerous schools in the Detroit, Chicago, and Montréal areas, and is the proprietor of Mechlin Reeds.
Kate’s other musical adventures include a 2008 premiere at the “Jusqu’aux Oreilles” new music festival in Montréal, extensive touring in Latin America, a recital series with Lyric Opera of Chicago soprano Rose Guccione, and explorations of world music for winds as a founding member of the Chicago-based Rhapsody Wind Quintet.
Kate’s teachers include E. Earnest Harrison, Nancy Ambrose King, Alexa Zirbel, Pierre Plante, Merrill Greenberg, and Grover Schiltz. She holds a B.M with honors from the University of Michigan, and an M.M. from McGill University in Montréal.
Originally from small-town Louisiana, Kate now enjoys swimming, cycling, puzzles, and spy novels from her home in St. Louis.