Katie Oberholtzer is a jazz vocalist originally from southern Maine, currently residing in New York City. In 2020 Katie earned her undergraduate degree in jazz studies with a concentration in vocal performance from the University of Southern Maine Osher School of Music. She then went on to earn her Master of Music degree in jazz vocal performance from the University of Miami Frost School of Music in 2022. While at Frost, Katie was a member of the award winning group, the Frost Sextet, with whom she performed at various prestigious venues including Dizzy’s Club at Lincoln Center.
In 2023 Katie was privileged to be awarded second place in the International Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition. In 2021 Katie received two Downbeat Awards in the 44th Annual Student Music Awards: Best Jazz Vocal Soloist award, and Best Blues, Pop, Rock Group Award. In spring of 2022 Katie was honored to have won the Downbeat Award for Outstanding Jazz Vocal Soloist, as well as Best Large Jazz Vocal Ensemble as a member of the Frost jazz vocal ensemble, Extensions. As a freelance musician Katie has worked and performed with several world class jazz musicians including Christian McBride, John Pizzarelli, Shelly Berg, Brian Lynch and Cyrille Aimée. When in New England, Katie enjoys an active career as a freelance musician and can be seen performing regularly with Maine’s premiere big band, the Portland Jazz Orchestra.