Kaitlin Bove is a second year doctoral student at the University of Kentucky where she is completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting. She is a conducting student of Cody Birdwell and a teaching assistant with the concert bands, athletic bands, and undergraduate conducting program. She is looking forward to premiering her wind transcription of Caroline Shaw’s Partita for 8 Voices as part of her lecture conducting recital in March, 2019 with the University of Kentucky Wind Symphony and University of Kentucky Choristers. Kaitlin anticipates matriculating in August 2019.


Ms. Bove is from Lafayette, California and earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Education from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California where she studied with Eric Hammer. She served as Director of the Pacific Pep Band from 2007-08 and held the position of Graduate Assistant of Bands during her master’s coursework. In addition, Kaitlin served as the Interim Director of the University Concert Band in Spring 2012.

For over a decade, Ms. Bove instructed musicians in the Laney Summer Music Program at Laney College in Oakland, California where she worked with the band, orchestra, jazz, and choral tracks. From 2011-2016, Kaitlin directed the band and orchestra sessions of the program.

Kaitlin has served as Director of Bands at Payson High School and Director of Bands and Orchestras at Mt. Nebo Junior High School in Payson, Utah. In this setting, she has instructed courses in band, orchestra, marching band, jazz ensemble, AP music theory, guitar, folk music, musical theater, and mariachi. In 2015, the Payson High School Marching Band earned Region 1A 1st in State with the field show, “TRASH!”, featuring Kaitlin’s original music, drill, and concept design.

Ms. Bove is a member of the National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, and Women Band Director International. She served as editorial assistant for the NBA’s most recent Selective Music List (2018) and recently published an Instrumentalist article based on an interview with conductor Jerry Junkin and composer John Mackey. Kaitlin is a spearheading member of the And We Were Heard initiative which matches underrepresented composers of wind band literature with volunteer ensembles in order to generate quality recordings of the music of diverse compositional voices. Information about this program can be found at andwewereheard.org

Kaitlin’s professional interests include working with diverse student and community populations, cross-curricular collaborative experiences, and relevancy and shifting priorities in the 21st century music classroom. In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys cooking, hiking, podcast bingeing, and spending time with her two Pugs.