In June, Katie was invited for a concert tour of Russia as a cultural ambassador by the American Embassy in Moscow.   The six city tour in honor of George Gershwin included her Russian orchestral debut before a sold-out house in the historic Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, along with a performance before an audience of more than 3000 people in the Platonov Festival in Voronezh and a special Gala concert at the famous Spaso House, residence of the  U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, in Moscow.