Catherine studied the Suzuki method with Gwen Runyon, May Gay, and Betty Massey in 1970s in the DFW area. Continuing with Robert Davidovici in High School, she was a first violinist in the Fort Worth Symphony at age 16, as well as concert master of the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra for two years. She graduated from Harvard University with an English degree.
Catherine studied South Indian violin for 10 years, played with Willie Nelson and kd Lang, placed 2nd in the Pennsylvania state fiddle competition, and has played in various bands on the East Coast. In the summer, she maintains a busy gig schedule.
She is a registered Suzuki teacher for SAA Book 1, and has been teaching students of all ages for the past 10 years. From Davidovici, she also learned the teaching principles from Ivan Galamian (Juilliard).
Happiest teaching accomplishments:
1) Used a very grounded, loving approach to teach a 49-year-old student enough to play violin at her daughter’s wedding in six months. This student never took music or violin lessons previously.
2) Very patient and gentle with learning disabilities; watched as one student on the autism spectrum bloomed into enthusiastic playing levels after one year of work. (Note: the “love” part of the Suzuki method really works!)