Kory Katseanes is a native of Blackfoot, Idaho, and moved to Salt Lake City in 1974 to continue his education. He received master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Utah, and an associate degree from Ricks College. His conducting studies were with renowned conductor Josef Rosenstock. As a violinist, his teachers included Lamar Barrus, Oscar Chausow, Kathryn Katseanes, Zvi Zeitlin, and Elaine Richey. He served on the faculties of Illinois Wesleyan University, Brigham Young University, Ricks College, and the Violin Making School of America.
He joined the Utah Symphony in 1975 as a violinist, and served as Assistant Conductor of the Symphony from 1987 to 2002. As Assistant Conductor of the Utah Symphony, he appeared regularly during the season on the Entertainment, Youth, and Family Series, and was often featured at Deer Valley, Snowbird, and Abravanel Hall on the Summer Pops concert series. Other performances include special concerts locally and on tour throughout Utah, and surrounding Western States. Additionally, he played a significant role in the education programs of the Utah Symphony, programming and conducting major portions of the concerts the orchestra performed in Utah's schools over the years.
While conducting the Utah Symphony he collaborated with such guest artists as The King's Singers, the Chieftains, Kathy Mattea, Nanci Griffiths, Judy Collins, Art Garfunkel, Marvin Hamlisch, Ray Charles, Maureen McGovern, Rosemary Clooney, Chet Atkins, Michael Martin Murphy, Crystal Gayle, Riders in the Sky, The Manhattan Rhythm Kings, Carol Channing, Toni Tenille, Sandy Patty, Lou Rawls, The Dukes of Dixieland, Pete Fountain, Roger Miller, The Kingston Trio, Sandy Duncan, The Children's Group, Flash Cadillac, Magic Circle Mime, and The Stars of Broadway, among others. He has conducted performances with renown dance companies, such as Rudolph Nureyev and Friends, Repertory Dance Theater and the Twin Cities Ballet.
Katseanes was named Director of Brigham Young University's School of Music on April 24, 2009 by Dean Stephen M. Jones, and served as director until June 2015. Katseanes replaced Dale E. Monson who left BYU after a decade of service. Prior to his appointment, Katseanes served at BYU as the Director of Orchestras and Associate Director of the School of Music as Performance coordinator. As Director of Orchestras at BYU he oversaw the orchestral program that accommodates nearly 450 students enrolled in the five University orchestras, and directed the graduate orchestral conducting program. He also conducted the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra and the BYU Chamber Orchestra in their campus concerts, throughout Utah, and on their regular tours throughout the world.
He is a frequent guest conductor for All-State orchestras, and in 2008 he received the Utah American String Teachers Association award for Music Educator of the Year. Katseanes founded and served as Music Director of The Utah Virtuosi, a professional chamber orchestra in Salt Lake City. Many acclaimed performances around Utah included such guest artists as Joann Ottley, Reid Nibley, Andres Cardenes, and the Jenson-Woodbury Duo. As a guest conductor, he has performed choral and orchestral concerts with community and student orchestras in Utah, Illinois, and Florida. In 2011 and 2012, Katseanes and the BYU Chamber Orchestra performed with the Beijing Dance Academy. The year 2011 took BYU to China, and in 2012 the dancers came to Provo to perform.
Katseanes was a speaker at the April 2015 Convocation for the College of Fine Arts and Communications at BYU.
He and his wife Carolyn (Landes), and their four children, reside in Salt Lake City.
- "Interview with Conductor Kory Katseanes," Fanfare Magazine (October 2014)
- The Universe - Beijing Dance comes to Provo (2 Oct 2012)
- BYU News - Kory L. Katseanes new director of BYU School of Music (28 April 2009)
- The Deseret News - BYU's orchestra leader enjoys challenges of opera (12 Oct 2008)