Cathy’s Biography

Catherine Peterson is Acting Principal Flutist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. A regular performer with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 2010-2015, she performed Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un Faun at Myerhoff Symphony Hall, and toured Carnegie Hall with the BSO. She has also performed with Detroit Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony. An active chamber musician and educator, she performs with the nationally recognized Ivy Street Ensemble throughout Colorado on various concert series and at schools across the Front Range bringing music to the next generation.

Her previous musical engagements include Principal Flutist with the Central City Opera, Principal Flutist with Emerald City Opera, and co-Principal flutist of the Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Cathy is a regular performer at the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival in Corvallis, Oregon, and Front Range Chamber Players in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Cathy was a semi-finalist in the Heida Hermanns Ineternational Woodwind Competition, the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg National Young Artist Competition, and the Concert Artists Guild Competition. She placed second in the National Flute Association Young Artists Competition in Atlanta. As a member of Ivy Street Ensemble, she has been a finalist in the National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition and was awarded Second Place for The American Prize Chamber Music 2015.

If you tune in to Colorado Public Radio, you will often hear Cathy broadcast with solo recordings as well as music with Ivy Street Ensemble.

She has a large private studio of fantastic flute students of all ability levels, and is the flute coach for the Denver School of the Arts. She received a Master of Music from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Jeff Zook, Leone Buyse, Tim Day, and Walfrid Kujala.