Katherine Dennis

Violin, Viola, Piano Teacher, Student

Katherine Dennis

SAA Member

Contact

Yonkers, NY
757-651-8668
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The eclectic landscape of the chamber music repertoire forms the ideal musical playground for Jamaican-American violinist, Katherine Dennis. Already in her young career, she has been a frequent guest at North Carolina’s famed Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival; where she has performed alongside such renowned artists as Elina Vähälä, Ittai Shapira, Hagai Shaham, Hye-Jin Kim, Melissa Reardon, and Emanuel Gruber. Additionally, she has participated in a bevy of international music festivals; such as the Holter Ensemble Music Festival, Domaine Forget, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, High Peaks Music Festival, Beethoven Institute and Madeline Island Music Camp. Her groups have performed in master classes for the Arianna String Quartet, the Fry String Quartet, and the Jupiter String Quartet.

In addition to her love of standard violin repertoire, Katherine has immersed herself in the world of new music. She has given premiere performances for many composers, including Matthew Lyon, Scott Rubin, and Faustino Solis. This love of contemporary music is largely inspired by her close relationship with composer Rafael Valle, whose “Bereceuse” is dedicated to her. Venturing beyond even the classical universe, Katherine collaborates frequently with her friends in the pop and jazz worlds and often performs with New York neo-folk quintet Ransom Pier. 

Dennis has not only distinguished herself as a performer, but also as a teacher. During her undergraduate career, she received two years of intensive Suzuki teacher training and maintains her registration for all 10 Suzuki Books.

Katherine holds a bachelor’s degree from the Fletcher School of Music at East Carolina University, where she studied with Ara Gregorian, and a master’s from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music under the tutelage of Axel Strauss. Other teachers throughout Katherine’s career have included Jennifer Koh, Yeohanotan Berick, Rodney Friend, Regis Pasquier, Soovin Kim, Yuri Kim, Julian Martin, Kathryn Lucktenberg, Felicia Moye, Lucy Robert, John McGrosso, Ken Goldsmith, and David Gillham.

Katherine is currently Teaching at 6-8 Core Music at Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social change. She received a Master’s in Education at Hunter College through its Lincoln Center Scholar Alternative Certification Program.

ORCHESTRAL EXPERIENCE
ECU Symphony Orchestra (concertmaster/associate concertmaster)
ECU Opera Orchestra
North Carolina Academy of Dance Arts
COLLABORATIVE PIANO EXPERIENCE
• Choir Accompanist First Baptist Church in Kinston, NC
• Freelance Accompanist
TEACHING/ADMINISTRATION
• Full time Music Teacher at Thurgood Marshall Academy NY, NY
• McGill Conservatory Violin Instructor
• ECU string project teacher
• Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival Student Assistant to the Managing Director
• Teaching volunteer for the Wahl Coates Elementary School outreach program
• Eastern Youth Orchestra Sectional Coach
• Dennis Suzuki Studio
• Fill- In Chamber Music Coach at Rose High School
• ECU Outreach Suzuki program for at risk children at Wahl Coates Elementary
• Substitute Music Teacher at The Oakwood School
• Teacher’s Assistant Princess Anne Plaza Baptist Preschool
• Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival Employee
SUZUKI TEACHER TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT
• Suzuki Violin Books 1-10, long term teacher training with Joanne Bath
EDUCATION
• East Carolina University, B.M. Performance Cum Laude
• McGill University, M.M. Performance
• CUNY- Hunter College, M.Ed. anticipated 2017
TEACHERS
• Ara Gregorian, violin professor at East Carolina University
• Keiko Sekino, piano professor at East Carolina University
• Charles Bath, piano professor at East Carolina University
• Celes Price, violin
• Gary Price, piano
SUMMER FESTIVALS
• Madeline Island Chamber Music Camp
• Beethoven Institute at Mannes School of Music
• Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival
• Le Academie de Domaine Forget
AWARDS/HONORS
• Sigma Alpha Iota Member
• National Society for Collegiate Scholars