Catherine’s favorite thing to do is make music with all kinds of people and empower others to do the same. A seasoned vocalist, songwriter and producer, she has provided vocals, arrangements, and compositions for studio recordings, independent film soundtracks, animation, stage productions, and workshops and events in art spaces including the Museum of Art and History Santa Cruz, Berkeley Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, and Portland Museum of Modern Art. In recent years, she has sung in synth-pop, R&B, rock, soul, experimental and jazz bands and solo projects as well as contributing guitar, bass, keys, and percussion. Catherine created the curriculum and taught for Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, Willie Mae Rock Camp For Girls in New York, Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls LA, and Chicas Rockeras in SE LA. Before she moved to LA, she taught piano and voice lessons and vocal master classes at Acme House of Music in Oakland and Starfish Studios in Portland, OR, where she also managed an after-school program in which she taught music and ran summer camps. She also volunteered at Ethos Music Center Rock Band Camp and Vocal Camp there. Prior she taught music in a bilingual program at an elementary school in Barcelona and speaks fluent Spanish. She holds a Vocal Performance Certificate from Denison University and was the musical director and arranger for the women’s a cappella group there. She also served as the lead vocalist for the Blues, Swing, Latin Jazz, and Bluegrass ensembles at Denison. Growing up she performed in nationally competitive concert and show choirs and musical theater productions for 10 years, and she loves sharing this breadth of experience with all of her students and audiences.
Since she enjoys making and teaching music of many genres, she will tailor lessons to the unique musical goals of each student. Essential theory, ear-training, breathing, placement, style and performance, anatomy, posture and some elements of Alexander Technique will be embedded in the uplifting lessons. She teaches voice and beginning piano and is happy to combine the lessons if desired. She believes in the importance of healthy technique and positive reinforcement to preserve the body and maximize students’ potential for a lifetime of making music.