Katherine Doepke

2001 F. Melius Christiansen Lifetime Achievement Award
Katherine Doepke

Katherine Doepke received her BS from the University of Minnesota in 1944, her MA in 1967 and did postgraduate work. She was a teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools from 1963-1983, choral director Trinity First Lutheran Church, Minneapolis from 1953-1992, and consultant/mentor in the Minneapolis Public Schools from 1984-1987. She was editor of a monograph, author of curriculum materials for the Minneapolis Public Schools, wrote for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune newspaper, composed children's musicals for school and church 1966-1996, contributed articles to professional journals (Music Educators Journal, Gopher Music Notes, The Triangle of Mu Phi Epsilon), and was named composer-in-residence for the Minneapolis Schools in 1985. Katherine was a clinician at MENC conventions in 1976, 1978, and 1980, conducted workshops for ACDA and MMEA, and was part of junior high festivals for the Minneapolis Public Schools many years. As International President of Mu Phi Epsilon, a professional music fraternity, from 1992-95 she planned and presided over the fraternity convention in 1995.

Active in her church as well, Kathrine is currently president of Trinity First Lutheran Congregation, Minneapolis, served on its Music Committee, and is a pianist and substitute organist. She was zone president of the Lutheran Women (LWML), served on the Mission Committee, and held the offices of president, vice presisent and secretary of Partners in Mission.

Volunteer activities for Katherine include Courage Center in Music Therapy, 1983-86; Food At Your Door, 1984-88; founder and director, Gray Aires Chorus, 1985-95; Thursday Musical president, 1998-2000, publicity chair, various committees; American Association of University Women, Program VP 1999-2001, cultural arts committee, accompanist for the monthly Sing and Learn class, in 1997 produced a video for 50th anniversary of Minneapolis club house, including composing and performing music.

Katherine first joined the American Choral Director Association for the North Central convention in Minneapolis in 1978 and served as facilities chair. Continuing to be active for ACDA of Minnesota, Katherine served as the secretary-treasurer from 1981-1984 and was the organization's first historian from 1986-1992. She hosted many board meetings at her home in Golden Valley. She organized two regional and one national junior high school honor choirs for ACDA in 1986, 1988, 1989. Katherine still serves on the FMC Endowment Fund committee and has written foundation grants for that important fund. Fittingly, Katherine is listed in Who's Who in America.