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Kathleen Basi grew up surrounded by liturgical music as a "choir baby" in the small town of Moberly, Missouri. She started playing flute with the parish folk group in junior high. While studying flute in college, she joined the campus music ministry. Sometime in her first year, she quit scribbling unusable orchestral snippets and started trying to write liturgical songs instead. Sometime in her first month, she began dating the piano player, who eventually proposed during announcements at the end of Mass. (It's on video.)

After earning a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Missouri and a masters of music degree from the University of Northern Iowa, Kate spent one year as director of music for LifeTeen at the Newman Center in Columbia and four years as director of liturgy and music at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Columbia, MO, which boasts more than 2,250 families.

In late 2004, she returned to the ranks of volunteer parish musicians in order to raise her own brood of four "choir babies," but continued writing choral and flute music.

She now composes from home and, with her husband, leads the parish’' contemporary ensemble. In addition to writing music for worship, she is an award-winning magazine feature writer and an aspiring novelist.