Harpist Catherine Case joined the Puget Sound faculty in Fall 2015. She has performed widely across the United States and abroad as a soloist and orchestral harpist. In the Pacific Northwest she regularly plays for the 5th Avenue Theatre, Northwest Sinfonietta and Vashon Opera and serves as a substitute harpist for the Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Symphony Tacoma. Ms. Case has served as Principal Harp for the Sarasota Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Singapore and Yucatan Symphonies. As Assistant Principal Harp with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, she toured South America and recorded works of Villa-Lobos for BIS Records.
The 2001 winner of the Ima Hogg National Young Artists Competition, Ms. Case performed Ginastera’s Harp Concerto with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. She has also appeared as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony (Washington), Kingsport Symphony, Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, and the Shepherd School of Music Chamber Orchestra. In 2006, Catherine was a featured soloist in a triple harp concerto by Kevin Kaska with the Doctors Orchestra of Houston.
Ms. Case received degrees in harp performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Rice University, where she was a student of Alice Chalifoux, Yolanda Kondonassis and Paula Page. She has served on the board of the American Harp Society as the Pacific Regional Director and Regional Director Coordinator. A passionate teacher, she is currently on the faculty of the Marrowstone Music Festival, and has taught for Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program and Hong Kong Harp Services. Catherine is also a certified Suzuki harp teacher.
While a member of the Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble, Catherine performed the world premiere of “In the White Silence” by John Luther Adams, which was later released on New World Records. Upon the recommendation of the composer, she performed “Athabascan Dances” for harp and percussion at the 2006 National Harp Conference. She also appears on his Grammy-nominated piece, “Become Ocean,” with the Seattle Symphony.