Chris Kaatz is passionate about music education, the art of conducting, and the individuals with whom he collaborates. He is currently pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts in Conducting at Northwestern University where he studies with Mallory Thompson. At Northwestern, Chris serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, interacting with all aspects of the bands at the Bienen School of Music, including conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Brass Ensemble, and Wildcat Marching Band.
Prior to his studies at Northwestern, Chris earned his Master of Music in conducting studying with Steven D. Davis at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2011, Chris earned a Bachelor of Music Education and Minor in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University where he studied saxophone with Joseph Lulloff and was a five-year member of the Spartan Marching Band. From 2011–2014, he served as Director of Band at Mater Dei Catholic High School in Breese, IL. During his tenure at Mater Dei, Chris was responsible for the entirety of the music program. Chris has taught at the Music for All Summer Symposium since 2014 and served as an instructor at the Smith Walbridge Drum Major Clinics from 2007–2013.