Katie Gardiner

Director of Second Winds and Second Strings

(317) 253-6461 | KGardiner@SecondChurch.org

Conductor Katie Gardiner completed the doctoral degree in Choral Conducting at the Jacobs School of Music in June of 2021, serving in positions as Associate Instructor in Choral Conducting and Music Theory (Fall 2019). Dr. Gardiner currently conducts the Adult Choir at St. Thomas ELCA Lutheran Church and serves as Cover Conductor for the Carmel Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to arriving in Bloomington, Katie served on the music faculty at Skidmore College where she held the position of Choral Director and Lecturer in Music from 2011-2018, conducting the Skidmore Community Chorus, Vocal Chamber Ensemble and teaching Music Theory and private lessons in musicianship and voice. While at Skidmore, Katie also conducted the Saratoga Youth Symphony and also spent time as a Visiting Choral Director at Williams College and the University at Albany, and conducted state and regional choral and orchestral festivals.

As a passionate music educator, Dr. Gardiner also holds bachelors and master’s degrees in Music Education (vocal emphasis and pedagogy emphasis) from the Hartt School of Music and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music. Katie is thrilled to be joining the Music Ministry team and is excited to share the joy of making music with the Second Presbyterian Church community.