A new role for Katie Wyatt, co-founder of Kidznotes, orchestra-training program for young people

Posted on: July 23, 2021

“You could say that Kathryn Wyatt, the new executive director for Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, has been preparing her whole life for this role,” writes Laura Douglass in Tuesday’s (7/20) Pilot (Southern Pines, NC). “A professional musician, arts administrator and educator, and innovator in social change, Wyatt sees the historic Weymouth home, gardens and gathering spaces in downtown Southern Pines as a community treasure…. Weymouth [is] home to the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame; a chamber music series featuring nationally and internationally known musicians … and numerous special events…. As an accomplished violist, Wyatt has performed nationally and internationally with major professional opera companies and orchestras. As an educator, she’s coached nationally and internationally, and maintains a private studio. She has taught at N.C. State University and Duke University and the John F. Kennedy Center … recognized Wyatt for her work in citizen artistry and community development through the arts. Wyatt co-founded Kidznotes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing orchestral training to underserved children in the Raleigh-Durham area. This work was inspired by her involvement in El Sistema, a nonprofit [music education] organization in Venezuela. In July 2016, Wyatt became the first president and CEO for El Sistema USA, established at Duke University where she taught social entrepreneurship and the arts.”