ABOUT KATIE AHN LINZA
Katie currently directs the choirs and musical theatre productions and serves as the Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair at Pinewood Upper Campus School in Los Altos, California. She has most recently taught private voice and piano lessons at her private music studio in Campbell, served as Music Director at Lake Merritt United Methodist Church in Oakland, taught Power Vocals at The Jazzschool (now the California Jazz Conservatory) in Berkeley, and acted as former Artistic Music Director of the Oakland Jazz Choir. Katie has been blessed with many years of music teaching, directing, and performance experience, having worked as music director, conductor, piano accompanist, and arranger for various jazz, pop, classical choral, acappella, and theatrical groups, and having sung and recorded with multiple jazz, R&B/funk/soul, gospel, Afro-Latin,and musical theatre ensembles in the Bay Area and beyond.
Katie holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from San Jose State University with an emphasis in Improvised Music Studies, including jazz, pop/rock/gospel, as well as Afro-Caribbean, Brazilian, South Indian Classical and other world music traditions. She also holds a degree in Professional Music from vocal jazz guru Phil Mattson's School for Music Vocations in Iowa, and an M.A. in Drama from San Francisco State University.
In addition to her extensive work as a musician, Katie is also an actor and has trained and performed with various theatre companies in the Bay Area and has worked on various film and commercial projects.
When she's not teaching music, on or behind the stage, Katie loves spending time with friends and family, going out to see live music and theatre, curling up with a good book...or seven..., constructing (and deconstructing...) original theatre performance pieces, rocking out at the piano and singing alone or with friends, dancing (badly), laughing (loudly), coming up with random artsy-fartsy projects, making a culinary mess in the kitchen, making a inky mess with the calligraphy pen, pretending to be a film snob, combatting inflexibility one awkward yoga position at a time, discovering new local restaurants and bars, pretending to enjoy cardio, rocking out on vocals with funk/soul/r&b band One Nation, and adventuring & relaxing with her most amazing hubby Marcel, Kaiju "Surly Biscuits" Kitty, and Nalaboo their (mostly) good and faithful dog.
2010 M.A. Drama, San Francisco State University
2003 B.M. Vocal Performance & Improvised Music Studies,
minor in English Literature, San Jose State University
1998 A.A.A. Professional Music, The School for Music Vocations, SWCC
Actor Training (overview)
First Take (film)
San Francisco School of Digital Film
Steppenwolf Theatre Acting & Second City Improvisation Intensives
American Conservatory Theatre - Studio A.C.T.
Foothill Theatre Conservatory
Please contact Katie for a complete resume.