Kate Rogers began her music studies on the piano at the age of five and on the harp at the age of eleven. She holds a degree in harp performance from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, and is the recipient of many awards, including first place in the National Symphony Young Soloist's Competition, first place in the Loeb Awards and first place in the Anne Adams Awards. She is the principal harpist with the American Pops Orchestra and Wolf Trap Opera Orchestra and has performed as a featured soloist with the National Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony, the Amadeus Orchestra and in a specially commissioned arrangement of "The Way We Were" with the American Pops Orchestra.
Ms. Rogers was the harpist for the Four Seasons Hotel for afternoon tea, a position which greatly increased her repertoire of popular tunes. She enjoys adding the unique ambiance of harp music to special events and can play in many styles, including classical, pop, jazz and folk. Ms. Rogers has performed for hundreds of weddings and frequently appears at the Kennedy Center and at venues such as Constitution Hall, The Capitol, The National Gallery of Art, Wolf Trap, the Warner Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre and Strathmore.
As an orchestral musician, Kate has performed with many symphonies and ensembles, including the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, the Chesapeake Symphony, the Maryland Symphony, the Washington Chorus, the Philadelphia Singers and at Arena Stage in The Fantasticks, A Light in the Piazza and My Fair Lady. Kate was privileged to be principal harp in the final run of The Nutcracker performed by the Washington Ballet with a live orchestra. She has collaborated with such diverse artists as Bobby McFerrin, Joshua Bell, Elvis Costello, Renee Fleming, Laura Osnes, Garrison Keillor, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kate Baldwin, Barry Manilow, Lea Salonga, Darren Criss, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and many others.
“Kate's skill, professionalism and kindness are perfect attributes for anyone searching for a harpist for their wedding.”
“We couldn't have asked for a better person to work with.”
“Your music was beautiful, peaceful and just incredible. You are so gifted!! You really set the atmosphere and the tone beautifully.”
“Thank you for your fabulous performance at the Brain Foundation's Grand Opening of Laura's House at Old Town Hall in Fairfax City. We received many compliments about your performance and how it enhanced our event. I was amazed at the scope and depth of your ability and your perfect choice of music performed. It was an enchanting afternoon. Thank you for making the event a great success.”