Wartburg’s Second Annual Jazz in June Gala Featuring Kate Davis Award Winning Singer / Songwriter / Musician


Wartburg’s Second Annual Jazz in June Gala: A Celebration of Art and Music will be held on Tuesday, June 10 at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, NY.  This year’s musical presentation will feature Kate Davis, award winning singer / songwriter / musician.

Cited as a “talent not to be missed” by the Herald Tribune, Kate Davis, is a multi-talented artist performing in diverse venues ranging from The Kennedy Center, The Blue Notes (NYC), Lincoln Center and Rockwood Music Hall.

Kate began playing piano and violin at a young age, performing as first chair in youth orchestras and later winning state solo competitions on both violin and bass.  She received national recognition in high school for bass and singing as a Silver Winner through the National Young Arts Program.  She is a recipient of four Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards, a double-invitee to the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, and bassist in the Grammy Jazz Ensemble.  In 2009, she was selected as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts, which included a White House visit.

Kate has been featured at the Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, FL and at the University of Vermont as part of the Lane Series.  She has been heard many times on radio and seen on TV including WBGO in NY and KATU’s AM Northwest.  In 2010 she participated in the National Arts Policy Roundtable in Sundance, UT, where she joined Kerry Washington and Bob Balaban speaking to government representatives about the importance of arts advocacy.  Kate recently spoke and performed at TEDx Portland.  The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) selected Kate to attend the prestigious 2012 ASCAP Foundation Paul Cunningham writing workshop, and she emerged as the recipient of the Robert Allen award for her original song, “Movie.”

Originally from Portland, OR, Kate moved to NYC to study at the Manhattan School of Music supported by the Clement Meadmore, and the Joseph McCrindle scholarships.  To hear Kate’s music, please visit

These are exciting times at Wartburg.  We are in the midst of an era of tremendous change and growth, meeting the needs of seniors and their families in our community.  Our internationally recognized Council for Creative Aging & Lifelong Learning offers programs that promote stimulating thought, excite the spirit, and contribute to a more livable community for our aging population.

This year’s Jazz in June honorees are The Rev. Dr. Dale G. Gatz and Ms. Yvonne K. Gatz, Wartburg’s former President and First Lady.  During their 14-year tenure (1991-2004) at Wartburg, they provided both vision and spirit to Wartburg’s mission.

We invite you to be a part of Wartburg’s 2014 Jazz in June Gala and join us for a celebration of arts & music.  Please visit for details or contact Karen Thomas at or 914-513-5308.

Kate Davis
Kate Davis


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