Katie began her classical study of violin at the age of six under the instruction of Stella Watkins and continued with Jennifer Cassin, Kelly Tony, David Torns and Dr. Lin He, associate professor of violin at Louisiana State University. She has received masterclasses under Alejandro Drago, Ilmar Gavilán, Saúl Bitrán, Arón Bitrán, and Yevgeny Kutik. Katie participated in the Louisiana Youth Orchestra (LYO) under the baton of David Torns for four years serving as concertmaster the final year. She also served as concertmaster for the Louisiana Homeschool Honor Youth Orchestra two years. In 2013, Katie won the LYO Concerto Competition performing Concerto in A Minor by Bach, and in 2015, placed as runner-up in the senior division of the Rapides Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. This summer, she was invited to collaborate with renown bassist DaXun Zhang performing Dvorak’s String Quintet. In 2012, she was awarded the Baton Rouge Music Teacher’s Association Summer Scholarship. Along with her two sisters on viola and cello, she performs at different venues including churches, weddings, schools, cantatas, charity events, hospitals and nursing homes. Together, they have recorded four albums, the most recent produced by arranger and producer, Steve Mauldin. They have been coached by The Attacca String Quartet, The Harlem String Quartet, El Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Peter Slowik, Marilyn McDonald, Steuart Pincombe, Martha Strongin Katz, Paul Katz, and John McGrosso of the Arianna String Quartet. She now serves as a substitute violinist in the Rapides Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Katie has a music studio teaching both piano and violin. She has participated in Ezekiel School of Music’s pedagogy class and the Hulin Sister’s pedagogy class. Katie is also a certified Harmony Road instructor. Summer Institutes include the Premier Orchestral Institute, Festival South Orchestral and Chamber Music Academy, and Credo Summer Music Festival. Other camps include the Wilds Music Conference, Ben Speer’s Stamps Baxter School, and a theory/composition week with Bob Walters of Washington Music Ministries.