An active performer and proponent of music education, Katie Kuersteiner LaRue currently serves as the adjunct flute professor at Concordia University in Austin, TX.
Mrs. LaRue’s experience is wide-ranging in the music field including elementary through collegiate level teaching, free-lance professional performance, church music, adjudicating, and flute testing and marketing. She obtained two undergraduate degrees at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, where she studied flute with Dr. Chris Vaneman and Marsha Hood. Mrs. LaRue continued her studies with Helen Ann Shanley at Baylor University where she completed a Masters degree in flute performance. After graduation from Baylor, she interned with Burkart Flutes and Piccolos (Shirley, MA) where she tested piccolos and worked in marketing. She has teamed frequently with flute retailers at international and state music conventions.
Before moving to Austin in 2008, Mrs. LaRue lived in Houston, where she taught flute at the Houston Music Institute, Houston Music and Arts and privately in Sugar Land and west Houston. She maintained an active free lance music career, performing regularly with Houston Symphony and Houston Ballet/Opera musicians for special event orchestras and with harpist Stacey Weber with whom she formed the performing flute/harp duo Trés Chic Musique. Mrs. LaRue was also a founding board member for the hugely successful Houston Symphony Young Professionals Backstage, promoting classical music and symphony membership to a younger audience.
Currently, Katie performs as principal flutist with the Austin Cinematic Symphony, and the Avatar Wind Quintet. She is a board member for the Austin Flute Club and is a member of the National Flute Association and Texas Music Educator’s Association.