A versatile musician praised as “an astonishing artist,” whose “conviction and communication are incredibly powerful,” Catherine’s core repertoire spans from the Baroque era to today, and embraces explorations into jazz improv, early consort music, and traditional Jewish, Greek, and South American music. She has collaborated with many notable solo and chamber artists, as well as with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Minnesota Orchestra and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Since 2014, she has performed regularly with German guitarist Eva Beneke. To serve those who do not have access to live concert music, Catherine presented a Latin and South American chamber music series to youth recovering from addictions, and to children with autism and other developmental challenges. She has taken chamber music to patient guests and their families at MD Anderson’s Rotary House International in Houston, as well as to nuns in a convent in Colombia. She has premiered many works, including Daniel Kellogg’s “Into Utter Forever,” a special joint commission with the Lake Shore Chamber Music Series in Chicago.
In addition to performing, she has published articles in Flute Talk Magazine, and her work on optimal musical communication has been featured in The Flute View and on the cover of The National Flute Association's Flutist Quarterly. Recognized as an engaging teacher, she has taught masterclasses at conservatories, colleges and universities in Italy, China, Colombia, and throughout the United States. She is currently Artist-in-Residence at St. Olaf College.
Awarded the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Prize for Best Achievement from Rice University, she performed at Rice as principal flutist in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Lalo Schifrin’s Tangos Concertantes with violinist Cho-Liang Lin, and Strauss’ Four Last Songs with soprano Renée Fleming. Other orchestra highlights include performances with L’Offerta Musicale Chamber Orchestra of Venice (Italy), the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, El Paso Opera and El Paso Symphony Orchestras, Minnesota Orchestra, and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Recent activities include judging the junior division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, a residency with the Montana Flute Association, a performance at the National Flute Association Convention in Minneapolis, and a solo recording at MPR Studios. In addition to starting her eighth year teaching at St. Olaf College, her upcoming activities include premiering several new compositions by Minnesota artists, presenting solo concerts at treatment centers in the Twin Cities, and joining faculty colleagues on the “Pierrot Project,” based on the theatrical and historical contexts of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, to Colombian and Mexican-American parents, Catherine grew up in the United States.-Mexico border city of El Paso, Texas. She began playing the flute in the sixth grade public school band, and started private flute lessons at age 18. She earned performance degrees from Occidental College (B.A.), the Boccherini Music Institute in Italy (Honors Diploma), Queens College (M.A.), Yale University School of Music (M.M.), and Rice University (D.M.A.). Her major teachers include Melissa Colgin-Abeln, Gary Woodward, Marzio Conti, Tara Helen O'Connor, Ransom Wilson, and Leone Buyse. A lover of travel and languages, she currently resides in Minnesota.