Caitlyn Capella Collette was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She began playing the flute in 2006 and started taking private lessons in 2007 with Mrs. Barbara Lambrecht. She is currently a Teaching Assistant at the University of Texas at El Paso where she is pursing her Master’s Degree in Conducting, studying under Dr. Bradley Genevro. She recently graduated from UTEP in December 2017, cum laude with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. During her time as an undergraduate, Caitlyn has played in multiple ensembles including the Wind Symphony, Orchestra, Early Music Ensemble, the Basketball Pep Band and the Marching Miner Band. In these various ensembles, Ms. Collette has held leadership positions such as being the Head Drum of the Marching Band for two years, conducting the Basketball Pep Band for two years and playing as a principle flutist in the Orchestra and Wind Symphony. Ms. Collette has attended the Nation Flute Association Conferences and had the opportunity to perform with the flute studio at the Chicago Convention in 2014. She has and continues to play with the Roswell Symphony Orchestra as the 3rd flute/piccolo. Her flute teachers have included Mrs. Barbara Lambrecht and Dr. Melissa Colgin.
Recently, Ms. Collette has worked with other music students to revive the Alpha Chi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at UTEP. Kappa Kappa Psi is a service band fraternity that helps and supports the band ensembles. She served as President for the Alpha Chi chapter during the colonization period and after the official induction in 2016-2017. She has also served with the Student Government Association in 2015-2016 as a Senator at Large where she represented the voices of 1000 students. In her spare time, Caitlyn gives private lessons to local students in the El Paso area.
After her Master’s, Caitlyn plans on being a middle school band director while continuing to play her flute and traveling the world with her dog, Bolt.