"She had the whole audience eating out of the palm of her hand."
-Yo-Yo Ma

With an established reputation for artistic and educational excellence, Katie Kresek has received accolades around the world for her sensitive and responsive teaching and ability to engage her audience. Praised for her creative and original programming for children and families, Dr. Kresek continues to illuminate musical worlds for students and concertgoers.

Dr. Kresek is the Artistic Director of Family Programs at Caramoor Center for Music and The Arts, where she curates and hosts the "Dancing at Dusk" series in addition to creating family programs for the International Music Festival. As an artistic advisor and concert host, she has written and hosted interactive programs with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and The Knights, The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, The Key West Symphony Orchestra, and many others. She currently writes, develops, and hosts the Bardavon Opera House's "From Classroom to Concert" series in partnership with The Hudson Valley Philharmonic.

For 12 years, Dr. Kresek served on the teaching artist faculty of the New York Philharmonic, whose School Partnership Program is the nation's leading orchestral partnership program for elementary schools. She has sustained ongoing residencies in the New York City Public Schools, written and performed interactive concerts, and represented the faculty abroad in tours to Japan and the United Arab Emirates. She is also a teaching artist for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Lincoln Center Education, where she has designed aesthetic education curricula for students ranging from the pre-school to post-graduate level and is a frequent workshop leader for their Summer Forum and professional development labs. As a guest facilitator, she has led workshops and programs for students, teaching artists, and classroom teachers at The Metropolitan Opera, The 92nd Street Y, Hunter College, CCNY, St. John’s University, Bank Street College of Education, and The Bronx Arts Ensemble. She is also an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Core Studies at St. John's University, where she teaches violin, viola, and courses in engaging with the city of New York through the arts.

Dr. Kresek currently serves as the Community Liaison for the Teaching Artist Community at Teachers College Columbia University, where she was part of a team of educators who developed the first certificate program in responsive pedagogy for teaching artists in the world.

In addition to degrees in music performance, arts administration, and literature, Dr. Kresek holds both masters and doctoral degrees in music and music education from Teachers College Columbia University. Publishing one of the first dissertations on teaching artistry as an academic field, her research and writing has been published in numerous journals and publications. Her writing on teaching artist partnerships has been praised as "beautiful and personal" in the International Journal of Education and the Arts. See "publications" in the main menu for additional links.

As a violin teacher, Dr. Kresek studied violin pedagogy with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School, and was a teaching assistant to Barbara Krakauer, with whom she worked closely at the Mannes College of Music in New York and at the Academie Musicale Franco-Americaine in Vaison-La-Romaine, France. In 1998 she became the youngest violin faculty member ever engaged at the Westchester Conservatory of Music (now Music Conservatory of Westchester), where she initiated and developed an expansive chamber music and ensemble program she also administrated to tremendous success. Teaching classical violin as well as other styles, she is certified in Mark O'Connor's String Method, and has taught on the violin faculty of Mike Block's Brooklyn Pop String Camp for many years. She has also taught group violin classes and designed string curriculum for many schools, including the Cedar Place Elementary School in Yonkers, NY, the Mamaroneck Summer Arts Camp, and the White Plains Summer Arts Enrichment Programs, and PS 49 in Middle Village Queens. She has also served as a clinician for professional development workshops for Education Through Music, Inc. For twenty-four years she has maintained a private studio of students who are all active, vibrant members of musical performance groups in the tri-state area. Her students have received many honors and awards and have gained admission to the Juilliard School, The University of Pennsylvania, Fordham University, Smith, and Ithaca College.