Kate Crellin is a MMus student at Queens' College, Cambridge. At Cambridge, Kate sings with the Queens' College Chapel Choir, Selwyn Jazz Big Band and conducts throughout the university. At Cambridge, she studies with conductors/ensembles Stephen Layton, Graham Ross, Ralph Allwood, Voces8 and more.
Kate recently graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a double major in Choral Music & Law, History and Culture with relevant coursework towards a minor in jazz studies. Kate graduated magna cum laude and received one of 11 Renaissance Scholar Prizes for her interdisciplinary work. She has worked and performed with the Rolling Stones, John Rutter, Eric Whitacre, Pentatonix, Simon Carrington, David Crosby, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles in locations around the world: Westminster Abbey, Notre Dame Cathedral, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Chichester Cathedral, and more. Kate is currently actively pursuing jazz, classical and pop music. She was one of two four-year members in the USC Thornton Chamber Singers conducted by Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe, was music director & arranger in co-ed a cappella group Reverse Osmosis and was the lead soprano in the CreSCendo Jazz Ensemble directed by Sara Gazarek.
She is a two-time recipient of the USC Provost’s Research Fellowship for her research project “Transgender Students in the Choral Classroom: Creating Safe & Accepting Environment”. Kate received 2nd place at the 2018 USC Undergraduate Research Symposium under the Digital Arts & Media category. The research will be presented at the ACDA National Convention Spring 2019. She currently serves as the President for the USC ACDA Student Chapter (2018-2019). After teaching an elementary jazz choir for 2 years, and receiving both the “Rookie of the Year 2016” and ‘Outstanding Mentor” award, she also taught bi-weekly pre-school music as part of a Thornton-based research project. In 2018, Kate founded the first choir at Marquez Elementary School through STAR Education. She also is a vocalist and web-master for the 10-part professional, all female a cappella group, Cape Harmony. Kate serves as director and arranger of Pacifica Christian High School’s first ever a cappella group.