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We welcome Dr. Kaitlin Bove, Director of Instrumental Ensembles and Assistant Professor of Music at Pierce College, to the Band Room. Dylan, Cait, and Kaitlin speak about the importance of representation, interdisciplinary collaboration, working with living composers, and much more.


​About Kaitlin

Kaitlin Bove is Director of Instrumental Ensembles and Assistant Professor of Music at Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington where she teaches courses in music theory and world music in addition to band, orchestra, and jazz ensembles. In 2020, she was the recipient of the campus-wide “Outstanding Faculty of the Year” Award. 


Kaitlin holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from University of Kentucky where she was a conducting student of Cody Birdwell and a teaching assistant with the wind band program. In March 2019, she was honored to premier her wind transcription of Caroline Shaw’s Partita for 8 Voices as part of her lecture conducting recital with the University of Kentucky Wind Symphony and University of Kentucky Choristers. 

Kaitlin is founder of the And We Were Heard initiative which matches underrepresented composers of wind band and orchestra literature with volunteer ensembles in order to generate quality recordings of the music of diverse compositional voices. Information about this program can be found at


Dr. Bove is from Lafayette, California and earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Education from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California where she studied with Eric Hammer. She served as Director of the Pacific Pep Band from 2007-08 and held the position of Graduate Assistant of Bands during her master’s coursework. In addition, Kaitlin served as the Interim Director of the University Concert Band in Spring 2012.


Kaitlin held the position of Director of Bands at Payson High School and Director of Bands and Orchestras at Mt. Nebo Junior High School in Payson, Utah. In this setting, she instructed courses in band, orchestra, marching band, jazz ensemble, AP music theory, guitar, folk music, musical theater, and mariachi. In 2015, the Payson High School “Pride of the Lions” Marching Band earned Region 1A 1st in Utah State with the field show, “TRASH!”, featuring Kaitlin’s original music, drill, and concept design.


For over a decade, Dr. Bove instructed musicians in the Laney Summer Music Program at Laney College in Oakland, California where she worked with the band, orchestra, jazz, and choral tracks. From 2011-2016, Kaitlin directed the band and orchestra sessions of the program.

Dr. Bove is a founding member of Girls Who Conduct and a member of the National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, and Women Band Director International. She enjoys working with local music programs and educators as well as directing honor bands and adjudicating festivals across the United States. 


Kaitlin’s professional interests include working with diverse student and community populations, cross-curricular collaborative experiences, and relevancy and shifting priorities in the 21st century music classroom. In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys cooking, hiking, podcast bingeing, and spending time with her two Pugs.


EKR Hammell | Skyline (BRP Theme Music)

University of Toronto Wind Ensemble

Dr. Gillian MacKay - Conductor

Learn more:



Kaitlin Bove’s website 


Pierce College Music

...And We Were Heard 


Girls Who Conduct

Partita for 8 Voices & Wind Ensemble (Shaw trans. Bove)

Alpine Meadow (Flex Version, Nishimura arr.  Bove)

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