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Katherine Woolsey

Adjunct Instructor
College of Arts and Sciences
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Augustana College, Bachelor of Arts
Univ/No Carolina/Greensboro, Master of Music
Academic History

Praised for her "beautiful tone" by KCMetropolis, Dr. Katherine Woolsey enjoys a versatile career as a pedagogue as well as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She is currently the Instructor of Oboe at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, where she teaches Applied Oboe, Double Reed Methods, and Enjoyment of Music, and performs with the Blue Stem Quintet and Meadowlark Reed Trio. She has been a master class clinician and guest lecturer at Ball State University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Bradley University, University of Texas-San Antonio, and University of Iowa. During the summer, Dr. Woolsey teaches at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan.

Dr. Woolsey currently performs with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, Midwest Chamber Ensemble, and Kinnor Philharmonic. She has previously performed with the Dayton Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and Kansas City Baroque Consortium. She has performed at state, regional, and international conferences for the Kansas Music Educators Association, Electronic Music Midwest, Society for Composers, Inc., and International Double Reed Society. An advocate of new music, Dr. Woolsey has recently commissioned works from composers Bill Douglas, Jon Fielder, and Jason Charney.

Katherine holds degrees in Oboe Performance from Augustana College, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and Florida State University, where she served as Graduate Teaching Assistant in both applied oboe and music education as instructor of Double Reed Methods. Her primary teachers include Cynthia Lambrecht, Ashley Barret, Mark Ostoich, and Eric Ohlsson.

  • MU 100 A, Enjoyment of Music
  • MU 100 E, Enjoyment of Music
  • MU 207 A, Double Reed Techniques
  • MU 264 A, Oboe
  • MU 464 A, Oboe
Scholarly Interests/Activities


  • National Association for Music Education
  • International Double Reed Society
  • Midwest Double Reed Society
  • Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity
  • College Music Society
  • P.E.O. Philanthropic Educational Organization for Women


Woolsey, Katherine. Deciphering Double Reeds: Method and Practice. Lenexa: LoCo Press,


Service Interests/Activities
  • Faculty Advisor, Washburn Double Reed Society
  • Faculty Advisor, Sigma Alpha Iota Theta Chapter
  • Editor, Midwest Double Reed Society
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