Bachelor of Music, Berklee College of Music
Piano, Keyboards, Voice
Boston-based vocalist, pianist, and singer-songwriter, Catey Esler was born and raised in Chicago, IL where she began singing and studying classical piano at the age of 5. Music was always a huge part of her childhood from performing in piano recitals to singing in choirs. In high school she began studying classical and jazz voice more seriously and won awards such as Outstanding Jazz Vocalist, Best Scat Solo at WMU Jazz Festival, and IMEA All-State soprano. She was then admitted to Berklee College of Music with scholarship where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. At Berklee, she studied under Peter Eldridge from the New York Voices, while continuing her contemporary and classical voice studies further as well as taking songwriting classes. Throughout her career, Catey has performed at venues such as Boston Symphony Hall, Berklee Performance Center, The Lilypad, and The Outpost as well as The Jazz Showcase, Ravinia, and Harris Theater in her hometown of Chicago.
Catey teaches voice and piano to all ages and skill levels. Her main focus is to emphasize the foundations of vocal and piano technique so they can be built upon and personalized. Catey strives for her students to learn healthy technique and basic theory, while emphasizing their personal authenticity and making sure the lessons are fun and engaging. Her strong classical foundation on piano and voice combined with her performance experience in jazz, folk, and contemporary styles will help students become well-rounded musicians.