Kathrine Handford is University Organist and Lecturer of Music at Lawrence University's Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin, a position she has held since 2004. From 2005-2010, she was also Director of Music and the Arts and Organist at the historic Central Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.
She holds a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and Literature and the highly coveted Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music where she is currently completing the DMA.
A musician of wide-ranging interests and accomplishments, Handford has appeared in recital in the United States, Canada, England, and Scandinavia where she has been a featured artist at numerous festivals. She has appeared as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra in Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 3 in C minor and with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, performing Poulenc's Concerto in G minor at the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians National Convention held at The Temple of the Community of Christ in Independence, Missouri. She has also performed numerous recitals with the Swedish natural trumpet virtuoso Niklas Eklund and The Australian Baroque Brass. Her interest in new music has led to premieres of several new works for organ, including Stephen Paulus' Toccata for Organ, Ketil Hvoslef's Toccata for Organ, Robert Starer's Angel Voices, and David Liptak's Sonata for Violin and Organ, which was commissioned by Benedictinus 2000 and premiered in Rome during the Jubilee. In the Twin Cities, Handford is active as a freelance musician.
She has recorded a number of trumpet and organ works on the CD Trumpet Works with Gary Bordner, former principal trumpet of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, in SACD format for Twin Cities based Artegra Records. On the Sonus Luxque label, she has recorded the suite for All Saints from Charles Tournemire's L'Orgue Mystique.
In 1995, Handford was the winner of the 35th International J.S. Bach Competition held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In the same year, she received first prize in the John R. Rodland Scholarship Competition. She has received many grants and awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Her students at Lawrence have received top awards and honors in regional and national organ playing competitions and have gone on to study at major graduate schools in organ performance, including Yale University, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Washington-Seattle. As co-founder and president of the recording company Digital on Location, she has produced more than 100 recordings of choral and organ music together with her husband Bill Lund, who is an award winning recording engineer.