“I'm working hard to get our students out there. People are now asking for my involvement and for the students as well,” she says. “It seems every door just keeps opening at the moment and we've got some big things planned for next year.”
Kate is classically trained and had been teaching piano and flute for 14 years at St Mark's Church School. However, she comes from a musical theatre background.
“I've done a lot of shows as musical director and my husband is in musical theatre. My dad was one of Wellington's top musical directors and mum played instruments so our family was always involved. As a child, I loved being at rehearsals and helping out backstage,” says Kate.
“It certainly doesn't feel like a job and I always knew what I wanted to do. But this is the step that I needed in my journey.”
With the opening of Te Auaha in 2017 she says there's even more to look forward to.
“Just having everyone under one roof and being able to support each other and see how we all work is going to be amazing. I think it's a shorter process of what I've gone through in my career because it will really show students there's a bigger world out there.”
It was only last year that Kate Marshall arrived as musical director at Whitireia, but already she's made an impact.
“It's been a very busy year one. Along with our own shows, one of the highlights has been our involvement in the Hutt Sports Awards. I was asked to be musical director after they'd seen a show I'd directed and that meant I could get all my students involved,” says Kate.