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Katie Ketchum: bio


Katie Ketchum is a singer, songwriter, pianist and artist.

A National Endowment for the Arts recipient, Katie has recorded 16 albums of her compositions, written six plays with music and performed over 4,000 concerts receiving critical acclaim and many standing ovations.  She has performed at many colleges and Universities including Boston University and Northwestern University in Illinois. Her one woman musical "Magdalene" was included in a month's run at the Sacramento Theatre Company. Her primary works are one woman original musicals on Clara Schumann, Mary Cassatt and Mary Magdalene.

She performs her original songs weekly at herchurch in San Francisco, CA. and at Dream Portal Studio in Sebastopol, CA.

Her family moved to Canada where she won many awards for her piano and singing in festivals sponsored by Her Majesty The Queen.

Although she loved playing classical piano, primarily the music of Johann Brahms, Katie started writing folk songs in her teens. Mother Teresa heard them and played some of Katie's songs throughout her healing centers across India. Her first concert was at Humber College in Toronto, Canada. When Katie played her songs in Navajo Nation she was greeted with tears and hugs after her concerts there.  Her music is primarily influenced by folk, classical, and gospel.

Recently Katie's art was shown at the United Nations in New York City in Shiloh Sophia McCloud's Soul Fire collection and in shows at the AWE and ANEW galleries in San Francisco. She has painted four book covers for JaCol Publishing.  Prints of her art are available on Fine Arts America on top of the music/prints page of this site. 

In order to share her joy of making music and art, Katie has opened a studio/gallery in Sebastopol, California, called Katie Ketchum's Dream Portal Studio where she performs and offers classes in music and art. 

She has developed on-line classes in Singing, songwriting and children's music available at

Katie has a Master's Degree in Performing Arts and is a Certified Intentional Creativity teacher with Shiloh Sophia.  Her primary music teachers were Helen Sylvester, Weldon Kilburn and Dr. Samual Dolin in Canada.  Her art teachers have been Beverly Wilke, UNLV, Michele Couseau and Shiloh Sophia McCloud. She is also a Reiki Practitioner and teaches Reiki Painting developed by Jennifer Mantle.

Composing, Singing, Piano and Painting are Katie's meditation and spiritual practice.  When she is not making music or art she is walking in the Redwoods or the beach in Northern California.  She performs regularly at herchurch in San Francisco, CA., Dream Portal Studio in Sebastopol, CA. and tours with Cranberry Coast Concerts in Massachusetts.

She lives in Sebastopol, California with her husband, Mike and step daughter, Cassie.

Katie Ketchum's venues and clients include:

Boston University, MA

Cranberry Coast Concerts, MA

herchurch, San Francisco

Dream Portal Studio, Sebastopol, CA.

Sebastopol Center For The Arts, CA

Sacramento Theatre Company

Northwestern University, Illinois

NBC News

Wells Fargo Center CA

National Public Radio


Friedman Center, CA

Cinnebar Theatre, CA

Women's Cultural Center, San Francisco

Red Rock Concert Hall, New Mexico

Charleston Arts Center, Las Vegas

Sands Hotel, Reno, Nevada

Konocti Harbor Inn, CA

Sahara, Las Vegas

Occidental Center for the Arts

Ice House, Pasadena

Winston's Toronto

UCC churches Santa Rosa and Sebastopol

Fountain Grove Golf Course

Oakmont Golf Course

Spring Lake Village CA

Connections for Women in Business

Relay for Life, Rotary, YWCA, Kiwanis

Sebastopol Community Center

University of Toronto

Dominican University

University of Raleigh, N.C.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Sonoma State University

George Washington University

University of Victoria, Canada

Humber College Toronto

Santa Rosa Junior College CA

College of Marin

Women in Music Festival CA

Solar Energy Expo, CA

Borders Books

Kate Wolf Festival CA

Apple Blossom Festival CA

Gravenstein Apple Fair CA

Toronto Libraries

Sonoma County Schools

Coffee Catz, CA

Last Day Saloon

Senior Centers

Churches: UCC, Catholic, Unity, Unitarean, Lutheran, Methodist