Caite Debevec was raised in the gorgeous island town of Sitka, Alaska, home of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, the Sitka Jazz Festival, and the Sitka Summer Music Festival. After beginning on flute in the fifth grade, Caite grew into a diverse musician, joining multiple choirs and instrumental ensembles throughout her public school career, in a community overflowing with support for the arts.
While studying abroad in Riobamba, Ecuador, Caite attended the city's poorest school, which happened to be the conservatory of music. There she studied flute, saxophone, and piano, on top of learning the language and culture of Ecuador. Combined with the rich culture of the Tlingit people in Sitka, and extended stays in sub-Saharan Africa, Caite quickly gained a passion for multicultural music - a passion that still fuels her today.
As a flautist and vocalist, Caite actively performs solo work, chamber literature, and large scale works. She has been a featured soloist for the Eastern Oregon University Community Wind Ensemble, the Eastern Oregon University Chamber Choir, and the Vermont Choral Consortium. She has competed vocally, earning an honorable mention in her category during a National Association of Teachers of Singing competition.
Aside from performing, Caite is an active conductor and composer, writing large scale works for Wind Ensemble, chamber music, and art songs for voice and piano. As a conductor, Caite is praised as engaging and professional, providing ensembles quality experiences. She has been found conducting ensembles at Eastern Oregon University and Castleton University, as well as the Union County Children’s Choir, and multiple church choirs. Caite teaches with the philosophy that all music should be accessible to all students in whichever form they would like to experience it. Music can help students access the world around them and music educators need to create a safe, welcoming environment for students to experience and live musical lives.
Caite holds a Bachelor of Music from Eastern Oregon University, with emphasis in flute performance, vocal performance, and composition. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music Education from Castleton University, and a Masters of Choral Conducting from Morgan State University, under the instruction of Dr. Eric Conway.
Caite is the conductor for the Baltimore Men's Chorus and the founding director of the Baltimore Women's Chorale.
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Praised as "artistically mature" for her age, Caite excels in performance of musical theater, including this excerpt from a competition in 2015. Her interpretation of Elaine Stritch's classic role has has been dubbed as "visceral" and with "perfect subtle delivery" by judges.