- Founding Member of Panharmonia Ensemble
- Fulbright Scholar
- M.M., the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Visiting Faculty Member Kate Steinbeck is a Fulbright Scholar who has distinguished herself across the US and abroad as a unique interpreter, passionate teacher and innovative music producer with repertoire that ranges from Bach to Balinese. Kate is the creator and director of Pan Harmonia, a chamber music repertory company based in Asheville, North Carolina. Pan Harmonia brings professional chamber music performances to audiences of all ages in diverse settings ranging from traditional concert halls to homeless shelters and prisons. Now in its 17th season, Pan Harmonia has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and the North Carolina Arts Council for its artistic excellence and innovative outreach. She has produced two critically acclaimed recordings: Light in the Corner (2004) with percussionist Byron Hedgepeth and Luminescence (2010) with guitarist Amy Brucksch, and has recorded on numerous CDs by other artists. She plays on a modern wooden flute manufactured by her husband, Chris Abell, of the Abell Flute Co.