Alumni Profile: Katie Glassman ’95
Two-time Colorado State Fiddle Champion and singer-songwriter Katie Glassman has been thrilling audiences with her special Western Swing sound for well over a decade. This spring, her band, Katie Glassman & Snapshot, will release their first album, Dream a Little Dream.
“It all really started with my time at The Denver Waldorf School. I remember playing duets with Ina Jaehnig. She and the rest of the teachers also encouraged me to follow my own path, which is part of the reason I also started to sing,” Katie recalls.
When Katie was 16, she started working as a freelance musician with local bands. “I started playing with bands in bars back when smoking was still allowed inside! My dad would take me to the gig and stay until I was finished.” Katie continues, “I freelanced for bands for the next 10 years. I was also part of the Dixie Land Band at CU and a group called the Shades of Blue. It was all great experience.”
In 1998 she won her first fiddle competition and has won several times since, including the at the National Western Stock show in Denver this year.
It has taken years of hard work and dedication for Katie to get to where she is today. Katie came to The Denver Waldorf School when she was in first grade and stayed through eighth grade. She started playing the violin when she was in 3rd grade and immediately fell in love with it.
In the 8th Grade, Katie started giving other students violin lessons. “I was already helping others with playing violin, so I decided to turn it into a business when I was 13 or 14. Looking back at it now, and seeing other children that age, I kind of laugh to realize how young I was. But I really enjoyed doing it.”
When asked if she was considered a prodigy as a child, she quickly demurs, “No, I’m just a person that really loves to play violin and sing and write songs. I’ve always loved it.”
One of Katie’s first students was fellow DWS student Bridget Law, who now plays with her own local band called Elephant Revival. She also taught Ben Hedman, whose father, Kit has done the photographs for her album covers and promotional materials.
“Teaching and doing lessons is very rewarding to me. Today, I have approximately 25 students ranging from 4 – 70 years old. Many of them are successfully competing at the national level, which is really great,” Katie says.
Katie Glassman & Snapshot features fiddle, accordion, piano, guitar, upright bass and three-part vocal harmony. “Our sound is a western swing that’s like Rosemary Clooney and Billy Holiday meet Lyle Lovett and Asleep at the Wheel,” Katie explains.
Dream a Little Dream can be purchased starting March 4th through her website www.katieglassman.com as well as on through iTunes and CD Baby. If you purchase the album directly from her website, Katie will personally autograph the CD!