Kate Prestia-Schaub, flute

Kate Prestia-Schaub is an active, enthusiastic performing and recording artist in Southern California.  She holds degrees in flute performance from the University of Southern California (MM) and Indiana University (BM), and her beloved teachers have been Jim Walker, Tom Robertello, Kate Lukas, and Maralyn Prestia.  She is the first-place winner of many prestigious competitions, most notably the National Flute Association Piccolo Artist Competition, the San Diego Flute Guild Artist Competition, Indiana University Woodwind Concerto Competition, and the Denver Young Artist Orchestra Concerto Competition.  Kate made her solo piccolo debut with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at age 18, and since then, has concertized throughout the United States and abroad as a Powell Flutes performing artist.  Kate appears often at National Flute Association conventions, at the International Piccolo Symposium, as well as numerous regional flute festivals.  Kate serves as the principal flutist of the Temecula Valley Symphony and the West Coast Wind Quintet.  You can find her critically acclaimed piccolo recording Timeless on major streaming services or www.k8trills.com. This recording features several works that were written for her and have since become standard piccolo repertoire.  She’s on faculty at Idyllwild Arts Academy teaching winds performance and chamber music classes, and has a thriving flute studio in Temecula that she’s lovingly coined “K8trills”.  She has served as president of the Music Teachers’ Association of California – Temecula Valley Branch, the San Diego Flute Guild, and has participated on advisory boards for the National Flute Association, the California Chamber Orchestra, and the Temecula Valley Symphony.