Ms. Katie Smirnova
Violin, Viola Teacher
Katie Smirnova, co-founder and Artistic Director of the Rushmore Music Festival, is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Violin Performance at the Stony Brook University under the mentorship of Hagai Shaham and Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet. Katie has enjoyed collaborating with various arts organizations such as the Moscow Ballet, Bel Cantanti Opera Company, Stony Brook Chamber Ensemble, and Groupmuse. In addition to performing in concert halls in New York City and Baltimore, Katie places a strong value on performing in community outreach events benefitting local food shelters, veterans hospitals, senior centers, libraries, and house charities.
An avid teacher, Ms. Smirnova serves on faculty for undergraduate chamber music at Stony Brook University, as well as maintains a private teaching studio. To further her understanding of early child psychology and music learning process, Katie has taken classes in violin pedagogy with Rebecca Henry at the Peabody Institute as well as completed a two-year long-term Suzuki teacher training certification at the School for Strings in New York City. She has also received Dalcroze Eurhythmics training at the Lucy Moses School.
Katie has previously received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Victor Danchenko. Prior to attending Peabody, Katie attended Juilliard Pre-College as a student of Ann Setzer. During the summers, she has attended programs such as the Meadowmount School of Music and Heifetz International Music Festival and has worked with members of the Juilliard, Brentano, Emerson, and Vermeer Quartets.