Cathy has been an active performer and teacher in the Albuquerque and surrounding areas since moving to New Mexico in 1999. She has appeared with many local ensembles including the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, San Juan Symphony, Bosque Chamber Music Society, Enchantment Handbell Ensemble, Duo Artigiano and Bellissima Duo.
Cathy maintains a private music studio, where she teaches flute and piano. Her students participate in the Albuquerque Youth Symphony programs, Allstate ensembles, Flute Fiesta and studio recitals. She is a certified Suzuki instructor, and uses both Suzuki and traditional methods in her instruction. She is certified in the Harmony Road Music Program, a leading early childhood educational curriculum, and has assisted in developing and implementing the program at various locations in Albuquerque.
Cathy received her Master of Music in Flute Performance at the University of New Mexico, where she was the winner of the MTNA state competition in both 1999 and 2000, winner of the MTNA district competition in 2001, and went on to compete at the MTNA National Division in Washington D.C., in 2001. She received her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Wichita State University, where she received the Mary Koch Award for musical achievement and was a featured soloist on the 1999 Concerto-Aria Concert. Her principal teachers have been Dr. France Shelly, Valerie Potter and Peter Ader.
Cathy’s other interests include photography and jewelry. She has worked as a professional freelance photographer throughout the Southwest for the past 15 years, and has recently developed her own line of jewelry that sells to an international market.