Katherine Saxon was born in Santa Monica, California and completed her Ph.D. in Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara, studying with Joel Feigin. Katherine also holds a BA from Williams College in Massachusetts where she studied composition with Ileana Perez-Velazquez and voice with Brad Wells, and a Masters of Music from the University of Oregon where she studied with Robert Kyr and David Crumb. In 2012 Katherine received first prize in the San Francisco Choral Artists’ New Voices Competition for her work Speed and Perfection. Navona Records released her composition East of the Sun/West of the Moon and Vox Dilect Mei on the album Polarities: exploring the contemporary expanse in March 2014. She was awarded honorable mention in the 2015 American Prize Composition Choral Music Division for Kubla Khan. She has attended the Vancouver Early Music Festival, Madison Early Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Forum, Open Space Festival, The Atlantic Music Festival and the Bowdoin International Music Festival and was a 2015 Banff Winter Musician in Residence.
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