Katie Houts is versatile and accomplished musician with particular expertise in music theory/composition and children’s developing voices. Katie is the Sacred Choral Editor for Choristers Guild, one of the leading choral music publishers in the US. Katie curates and edits the catalog of sacred choral anthems, collections, children’s musicals, recordings, and resources. Her work includes collaborations with best-selling composers and artists, including Keith & Kristyn Getty and the Annie Moses Band.
A native of the Midwest, Katie’s formative years were spent learning, loving, and living music. She studied music at Wartburg College, where she double majored in Church Music (Organ) and Religion. She graduated summa cum laudeand was named the Outstanding Graduate in both the Music and Religion departments. Following college, she served in ELCA, UCC, and UMC congregations as Director of Music, Worship Curator, Organist, and Children’s Choir Director. From 2008-2013, Katie built a graded choral program in the Minneapolis suburbs which grew to include 120+ children in grades K-8.
Katie is a sought-after professional accompanist and has performed extensively throughout the Minneapolis, Boston, and Salt Lake City metro areas. She enjoys her work as a studio musician at Aire Born Studios in Indianapolis, IN. Also an accomplished brass player, organist, and jazz pianist, she has enjoyed opportunities to study and perform a wealth of diverse music around the world, touring throughout England, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, and Australia.
In her work with children’s choirs, Katie aims to draw a wide circle of welcome as emerging singers discover their unique voices individually and collectively. She is a champion of children’s choral singing, believing children’s joyful, innocent, and honest voices are necessary in our communities.When she’s not editing or performing, she’s traveling around the country to various conferences as a children’s choir resource clinician and composer.
She’s now based in Salt Lake City where she lives with her husband and three children. In addition to her work for Choristers Guild, Katie directs the middle school choirs and teaches elementary music at Wasatch Charter School in Holladay. She also serves as the Children’s Music Director/Staff Accompanist for Hilltop UMC in Sandy.