Katharine Austin grew up in a thoroughly musical environment as the daughter of professional musicians. She holds a BA in Music from Mills College and pursued post- graduate work on her MFA in Electronic Media and Recording Arts at Mills, before taking a 10-year detour to become a sound recording engineer in Francis Ford Coppola’s movie studio. More than 25 years ago, with the training, encouragement and inspiration of Caroline Fraser at Holy Names University, she began her career teaching Suzuki piano. For the past several years, she has enjoyed traveling around Northern California as a Certificate of Merit Evaluator for the Music Teachers’ Association of California. She serves on the Board of the Suzuki Music Association of California—Bay Area Piano Branch (SMAC-BAPB), and volunteers for the MTAC, Alameda County Branch, as the Honors Chair.