Kacie’s music journey started at age 6 at Chaska Music Studios studying piano, and later guitar and flute. She continued her music lessons at Chaska Music Studios until graduating from Chanhassen High School in 2011. Kacie was highly involved in music throughout high school and college, playing in several ensembles (orchestras, jazz, marching band, musicals, etc.), accompanying singers, teaching, performing at recitals and community events.
Kacie performed with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra for three years as the pianist and toured internationally in Eastern Europe. Her strong interest in teaching led her to take pedagogy courses and teach private lessons to K-12 students in the Gustavus Piano Lab Program for 4 years. She was selected to perform at the 2015 Senior Honors Recital at Gustavus.
Following her graduation from Gustavus in 2015, Kacie has been continuing her music career as a Private Lesson Instructor, Professional Accompanist, and Performer for weddings and community events, in addition to working in Marketing/Communications. She has been teaching at Chaska Music Studios since 2015, and is excited to now be teaching full time at the studio! Kacie enjoys attending MTNA conferences, learning about new methods and repertoire, and creating individualized lesson plans for each of her students.
Gustavus Adolphus College | St. Peter, MN (2011-2015) B.A. in Music B.A. in Communication Studies
Employment & Experience
Piano & Flute Instructor | Chaska Music Studios, Chaska, MN (Sept. 2015-Present) Accompanist | Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church, Chaska, MN (May 2017-Present) Event & Wedding Pianist/Musician | Independent Contract, Various Locations (2006-Present) Marketing Coordinator | Midwest Dental, Bloomington, MN (Feb. 2017-Mar. 2018) eCommerce Marketing Intern | Gopher Sport, Edina, MN (Dec. 2015-Apr. 2016) Copywriter Intern | Gopher Sport, Edina, MN (Jun.-Nov. 2015) Professional Accompanist | Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN (Oct.-Dec. 2015) Piano Lab Teacher | Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN (Sep. 2012-2015) Student Accompanist | Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN (Sep. 2012-2015) Music Theory Piano Tutor | Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN (Sep. 2013-2015) Holiday Pianist | Byerly’s, Edina, MN (Dec. 2014) Pianist | Menard’s, Eden Prairie, MN (Summer of 2012, 2013) Show Choir Accompanist | Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN (J-Term, 2013) Musical Production Assassins, Pit Keyboardist and Rehearsal Accompanist | Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN (J-Term, 2012)
Honors & Awards
Gustavus Guild of St. Ansgar Honor Society (Inducted 2015) Senior Honors Recital Performer (Selected by Audition, 2015) Lambda Pi Eta National Honor Society of Communications (Inducted 2014) Dean’s Academic Scholarship Recipient (2011) Jussi Björling Music Scholarship Recipient (2011)
Organizations, Service & Continuing Education
Music Teacher's National Association (2012-Present) Member Minnesota Music Teacher's Association (2012-Present) Member Piano Lessons (2011-2015) Studied with Esther Wang Gustavus Wind Orchestra (2012-2015) Pianist; Toured Eastern Europe 2014 Gustie Buddies (2013-2015) Peer Mentor of developmentally delayed youth in the St. Peter Community Peer Assistant (2014-2015) Confronted lifestyle issues facing campus and promoted healthy lifestyles. Planned events, created and presented workshops, and applied motivational interviewing techniques to empower students. Group Health Coaching (2014-2015) Small group facilitator and participant; engaged in motivational interviewing MusicLink Teacher (2014-2015) Gusties in Ongoing Leadership Development, G.O.L.D. (Fall 2013) Completed Self-Leadership Track of program Flute Choir (2013-2014) Choir of Christ Chapel (2011-2012) Alto I; Toured Midwest 2012 and performed in Christmas in Christ Chapel MusicLink Foundation Fundraiser, Mall of America (2009, 2010) Community Events, Performer (2003-Present) Pianist and Guitarist for various solo and group performances and background music