Käthe Wright Kaufman (b. 1993) is the Associate Director of Music and Worship Arts at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Ga., where she serves as principal keyboardist and accompanist for services, oversees maintenance of the 1982 Casavant Frères organ, directs the Glenn Youth Choir, and aids the Director of Music and Worship Arts in shaping and supporting a vibrant program. Previously, Käthe served as Organ Scholar at Peterborough Cathedral in the U.K., where she assisted in rehearsing and training the choristers and played for three to four services a week.
Käthe was launched into church music when she joined the choir of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Evanston, Illinois, at age eight under the direction of Richard Webster. Her growing love of the Anglican choral tradition inspired her to begin her organ studies in high school with James Brown. For both undergraduate and graduate study, she attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she studied organ, harpsichord, and improvisation with William Porter and Edoardo Bellotti, as well as organ with David Higgs for her master’s degree. During her undergraduate studies at Eastman, Käthe worked at Christ Church (Rochester) and as the organ scholar at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, and during her MMus she worked as organ scholar at St. Paul’s, Rochester. Following the completion of her Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude from Eastman in 2016, Käthe spent a gap year in the U.K., where she served as organ scholar at Truro Cathedral, playing two to three services a week, maintaining the music library, and training the probationers every weekday morning.
Käthe has performed in venues such as St. Thomas Church, N.Y.C.; Grace Cathedral, San Francisco; Clare College Chapel, Cambridge; St. Edmundsbury Cathedral; and St. Michael’s Cornhill, London. She is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists.