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Kaitlyn Fay Koch is an educator, jazz vocalist, flutist, and baritone saxophonist, holding a M.M. in Jazz Voice Performance from William Paterson University and a B.S. in Music Education and Classical Flute Performance from Elon University. Kaitlyn has taught instrumental, vocal and general music for grades 4-12, in addition to maintaining a private studio.
As a jazz vocalist, Kaitlyn has performed in venues across New York City, New Jersey, Westchester County, the Capital Region of New York, as well as the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany. As part of the 35th Annual Jazz Room concert series at William Paterson University, Kaitlyn opened for jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli with her Ella Fitzgerald Tribute Ensemble, and opened for the Count Basie Orchestra with the WPU Vocal Jazz Studio. Her debut jazz standards album, Curiosity, was released in 2013; and in the summer of 2014, Kaitlyn was a featured vocalist in the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival alongside Judi Silvano. In 2015 she recorded with the New Jersey-based big band Big Beat, on baritone saxophone, for their debut EP. Kaitlyn currently plays baritone saxophone with the BWC Jazz Orchestra and Keith Pray's Big Soul Ensemble around the New York Capital Region.
Kaitlyn has presented clinics at music education and jazz conferences across the country, including the Jazz Education Network, New York State School Music Association, North Carolina Music Educators Association, Humanities Education Research Association, and the International Society for Improvised Music. Her research has been published in the journal JAZZ Education in Research and Practice.
In demand as a guest conductor of vocal jazz ensembles, Kaitlyn has directed all-county groups across New York and Pennsylvania. Kaitlyn is a NYSSMA Voice and All-State Vocal Jazz Adjudicator, and currently serves as the Chair for the All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Her private students have been accepted into the Empire State Youth Orchestra ensembles, the Saratoga Youth Symphony and NYSSMA All-State instrumental and vocal ensembles.
Kaitlyn currently resides in Halfmoon, NY and is accepting new private students for both classical and jazz music lessons. For more information or to schedule a lesson, please visit the contact page.