KATRINA VAN HUMBECK
Katrina Van Humbeck is a Winnipeg, based Singer/ Songwriter/ Pianist/ Recording Artist/ Educator/and Arranger. She was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, although she was born in Czechoslovakia, now known as Slovakia, and immigrated to Canada as an infant. This soprano songstress may be viewed as a ‘Crossover,’ or ‘Jazz Fusion Artist,’ as her music embodies her classically trained voice, unmistakable flare for Jazz, Musical Theatre, Latin lounge, Pop, and Soul.
Katrina’s unique musical journey involved more than two decades of being a Professional Educator of the Arts. having taught Music, Choir, and Drama at all levels (Pre-School up to Grade 12) in both public and private schools. It was a sense of personal loss in 2016 that pushed Katrina into songwriting, as a means of self -expression and her eventual transformation into a recording artist.
Katrina’s debut album, Blue & Beyond, was released in February 2017, and her sophomore album, Doing A New Thing, was released a mere eighteen months later, in October 2018. She embraced the challenge of self-arranging her second song collection and acted as Executive Producer for the album. She felt privileged to be mentored and coached by two of Winnipeg’s prominent artists: Jonathan Alexiuk (world class pianist/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist /arranger), and Helen White (singer/songwriter/pianist/producer).
“Katrina’s performance style can be described as heartfelt, genuine, expressive, sultry and fun.”- John Breland. “Katrina sounds like a Disney princess.”- Krista Nicholson. “These are very sweet, almost fairytale like arrangements. Fans of adult contemporary ladies like Diana Krall or Amy Grant will appreciate Katrina’s approach to her music.’ –Rebecca Mattina (Canadian Beats).
As a musician, Katrina is inspired to have listeners relate to her music personally and be moved by the stories in her songs. She continues to teach private voice and directs a Vocal Jazz Ensemble at the Winnipeg Conservatory of Music, although she dedicates a bulk of her professional time to honing her own craft as a singer/songwriter/pianist/ arranger, and entertaining audiences around Winnipeg, in coffee shops, restaurants, theatres, festivals, and house parties.
Katrina possesses a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Theatre and Music Performance from the University of Winnipeg, and a Bachelor of Education in Theatre and Music from the University of Manitoba.