About Kathie

Kathie Brekke performs with energy and passion having a genuine desire to share God’s love, peace and joy through music—ALL KINDS OF MUSIC!  Having poured her heart and soul into music ministry, education and entertainment since she was a young girl, Kathie offers audiences a fun variety of musical experiences.   She has become an established pianist, vocalist, arranger, composer, educator, worship leader, musical director, entertainer and promoter around the region.   She has a big heart for education and seeing her students find success in the arts. 

Music has surrounded Kathie throughout her life.   She began her musical career performing country and gospel music with her family (the youngest of six children with her Mom and grandfather both musicians) and leading worship in churches.    Her ability to play “by ear” and improvise allowed her many opportunities to perform at a young age.  She was born in Minneapolis, graduated from Detroit Lakes High School, went on to study jazz piano and vocal music at University of Oregon and at MSUM where she received her Master’s of Science degree in music education.   While in college she performed and coordinated the entertainment for Sawmill Creek Theme Park and helped in directing a family music show. 

After teaching music for 7 years in the public schools, she began to focus on music ministry and recording.   She recorded “Snow” in 2000--a fun collection of favorite Christmas Songs recorded with 3 generations of Kathie's family.  Later that year she recorded with a full horn section “The Apostle Blues Band” which included lyrical piano pieces and fun arrangements of hymns.   In 2002, she recorded a “Christmas Sing Along Songs” piano accompaniment CD of 33 carols played in a lower key.  In 2003, the Apostles recorded “Song of Praise” which included original compositions as well as great swing arrangements of gospel tunes.   In 2004, she tried something new by recording with the jazz combo 42nd Street “Jazz Night at Basie’s” which includes great arrangements of 17 jazz standards.    After the passing of her mom and musical mentor, in 2006 Kathie was inspired to produce a mix of jazz and gospel songs that had been an encouragement throughout the journey with cancer--titled “Hopes Dreams and Promises.” 

Kathie and the Apostles had the privilege to perform several years at Spiritfest Midwest where legendary trumpeter, Phil Driscoll played with the band.  They also were the opening band on Sunday at WeFest for two years where they kicked the day off for artists such as “Ringo Starr and the All Stars”, Trisha Yearwood and Brooks & Dunn.   Now that was a lot of fun for a small town girl from Minnesota! 

Kathie taught Vocal Jazz and piano at Minnesota State University Moorhead for 10 years.  She developed and directed the vocal jazz ensembles at Concordia College for 11 years; currently performs at Jazz Night at Basie’s in the Fargo Ramada; (The longest running Jazz night in Fargo’s history) current director of choirs at Moorhead High School; leads music at Triumph Lutheran Church in Moorhead; performs at various functions throughout the region with members of the Apostle Blues Band and 42nd Street; and directs/composes an all new show each year for Jaspers Theater in Park Rapids, MN where she performs each season with 4 generations of her family.  

Her vast experience performing with classical, rock, jazz, worship and country bands molded her into an eclectic gospel/jazz musician.  Her 20+ years of teaching has made her an enormous advocate for the arts and arts education.