Kate MacColl is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has been enjoying a vibrant and multi-faceted career in music for almost 30 years.
As a performing musician, Ms. MacColl, a classically trained pianist and an award-winning performing songwriter with many recordings to her credit, has sung and played in venues from the Orpheum to BC Place to the Commodore Ballroom and beyond, sharing the stage with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and such musical artists as Colin James and Valdy, as well as actor Ryan Gosling’s band, Dead Man’s Bones. She has toured in parts of Canada and the United States, and in Vancouver, Ms. MacColl performs her own material and plays keyboards and percussion as well as sings with bands in many genres.
Ms. MacColl has also performed in and directed dozens of musicals for various school and community groups. In 2010, her score for “The Body”, written by award-winning UK playwright, Nick Darke, was licensed for production in the UK. She is currently writing her first original musical, “Two Friends”.
In 2005, Ms. MacColl was accepted in the internationally renowned Elektra Women’s Choir, the same year she founded her a cappella vocal jazz ensemble, VERVE Collective. Ms. MacColl’s choral arrangements have been premiered and recorded by Elektra and those recordings are available on Elektra’s most recent CD releases.
Administratively speaking, her past clients include Jane Siberry, Musicfest Vancouver, and Music BC, eventually becoming its Executive Director (1999-2001). Ms. MacColl is r
esponsible for national and provincial funding programs, editing their newsletter, managing province-wide conferences, representing the Juno Awards and co-producing the West Coast Music Awards.
Additionally, Kate MacColl has taught primarily at the secondary school level, in both the private and public sectors as a music specialist (band, choir, and musical theatre), and she has been the songwriting instructor at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music since 2009. An alumna of the University of BC’s Faculty of Music, Ms. MacColl has also served as a mentor to students in that department.
For more information, visit: www.katemaccoll.com