Dedicated to the promotion of new music, Catherine recently won a special 2005 Ernst Krenek Society Recording Grant. As the first flutist in over twenty years to record the composer's intriguing and undeservedly neglected FlÃ¶tenstÃ¼ck, neunphasig for flute and piano, included on her debut CD, Catherine's performance received this praise from the composer's wife, Mrs. Gladys N. Krenek: â€œI, personally, find (her) technique, interpretation, i.e. understanding musically the Krenek workâ€¦extraordinary, really beautiful.â€ Similarly contributing to the creation of new works, Catherine won a 2004 Commissioning Award from Chicago philanthropist Andreas Waldburg-Wolfegg. She will introduce the resulting new chamber work by Young Concert Artist composer Daniel Kellogg through premieres in the upcoming 2006-2007 season.
First-prize winner of the prestigious New York Flute Club National Competition, Catherine made her New York recital debut in April 2000. She advanced to the finals of the 2003 Contemporary Record Society of Performing Arts National Competition, and was a previous award winner of the National Arts Association, the LÃ©ni FÃ© Bland Foundation, the C.H. Colgin Memorial Fund, and the El Paso Symphony Guild Young Artist Competition. Catherine won a grant from the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music to compete as the only qualifying American flutist in the 2003 Franz Schubert and Modern Music Competition in Austria.
As a recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist, Catherine has performed throughout the United States and Europe, in such venues as the Teatro del Giglio in Italy, Merkin Concert Hall and Carnegieâ€™s Weill Recital Hall. She has appeared on Salt Lake Cityâ€™s Temple Square Performances, and will perform in 2007 on Chicago's esteemed Dame Myra Hess Concert Series. Distinguished collaborations have included those with â€œLâ€™Offerta Musicaleâ€ Chamber Orchestra of Venice (Italy), the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, the CUBE Contemporary Ensemble, and the Vermeer String Quartet.
A strong advocate of music education, Catherine has taught music for 16 years in five U.S. states and in Italy, and is currently on the faculty of the DePaul University Community Music Division in Chicago. Raised in El Paso, Texas, she earned a BA in music from Occidental College in Los Angeles, a Diploma with Honors from the Boccherini Music Institute in Italy, and Masters Degrees in flute performance from Queens College and the Yale University School of Music.
**Supported by Chicago philanthropist Andreas Waldburg-Wolfegg, a grant from the Ernst Krenek Society, and over 75 individuals, the production of this CD tops-off with the talents of Keith Murphy (author of the program notes), Madeline Sturm (graphic designer) and pianist Michael Mizrahi.**
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1. Robert Muczynski Sonata for Flute and Piano Mvt. 1
5. Toru Takemitsu Voice for Solo Flutist
6. Franz Schubert Introduction and Variations on Trockne Blumen
8. Variation 1
9. Variation 2
10. Variation 3
11. Variation 4
12. Variation 5
13. Variation 6
14. Variation 7
15. Ernst Krenek Flotenstuck, neunphasig-Flute Piece in Nine Phases
17. Andre Jolivet Sonate for Flute and Piano
18. Mvt. 2
19. Mvt. 3