Executive Director, KidznotesKathryn Wyatt

Durham, North Carolina


Katie Wyatt is an accomplished musician, educator and innovator in music and social entrepreneurship. Katie co-founded and assumed the post of Executive Director of Kidznotes in 2010. Including her work in El Sistema, Katie is a national leader in creating programs for access and opportunity for all children to experience the transformative power of music. She has led seminars and consulted in music and social entrepreneurship nationally and internationally, including as adjunct faculty for Duke University, TED, the New World Symphony, and the League of American Orchestras. Recently Ms. Wyatt was honored as one of Musical America’s “30 under 40” and is a Fellow in the “Duke in Durham Fellows” program, a community investment fellowship in leadership development sponsored by Duke University.

As an accomplished violist, Katie has toured and performed nationally and internationally with the orchestras of the New World Symphony, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and the Spoleto Festival of Charleston, S.C., in the major concert halls of the United States, Europe, Mexico, Central and South America, China, Japan, and Taiwan. She is currently Principal Viola with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. 

Her call to leadership in social justice through the arts was inspired her performances with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela in 2005. She speaks Spanish and French and holds bachelor degrees in Political Science and Viola Performance from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in Viola Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Katie lives and works in Durham, NC and enjoys performing chamber music with her quartet, and the Indian-bluegrass fusion band Hindugrass.




Photo: Beatrice Yaxley