Catherine Mikelson is an active teacher and performer in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas. Catherine is a member of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the National Philharmonic Orchestra, and she is regularly engaged by the Olney Theatre where her playing was described by the Washington Post as “glowing.” Catherine has appeared at such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts, Heinz Hall, Walters Art Gallery, Peabody Library, and the American Cathedral in Paris.
Catherine holds a Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Conservatory which she earned under the guidance of National Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist, David Hardy. Her other principal teachers have included James Lee of the National Symphony Orchestra and Anne Martindale Williams, Principal Cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Catherine is a dedicated cello teacher, using both Suzuki and traditional methods. Catherine is on the faculty of the Levine School of Music. She also maintains private studios in Towson and Catonsville, and she co-runs the Cello Co-Op of Baltimore.
Catherine has trained under teacher trainers Dr. Beth Cantrell, Nancy Hair and Carol Tarr, and studied Cello Pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory with Bai-Chi Chen.