Styles: Classical, Contemporary
Ages: 6+ or younger upon approval
Specialties: Adapting teaching style to the individual student, flexibility around students’ interests and goals, incorporating music theory and sight-reading.
Catherine Himmerich holds both a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude in Violin Performance, and a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Prior to that, she studied at the Music Institute of Chicago and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee. Her primary teachers have included Roger Frisch, Roland Vamos, J. Patrick Rafferty, and Korey Konkol.
Catherine is the concertmaster of the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra and was the soloist on the Violin Concerto by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in 2019 and on Tzigane by Maurice Ravel in 2016. Recent performance highlights range from playing violin with the rock band Hanson at the State Theater to presenting a Black History Month recital at the All God’s Children Thursday’s Table. She has been concertmaster and guest concertmaster of various choral/orchestral ensembles in the Twin Cities metro, and she is currently a first violinist in the Exultate Chamber Orchestra.
Catherine also plays in the Metamorphosis Duo with Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra associate concertmaster, Joe Dolson. Their repertoire includes violin duos by diverse artists such as Violet Archer, Bela Bartok, Victoria Bond, Paul Hindemith, Jean-Marie Leclair, Ignatius Sancho, Maddalena Laura Sirmen, and the Cure
In addition to Chanson, Catherine is a violin instructor at City of Lakes Waldorf School and at her home studio in Minneapolis. Although she is a classically trained violinist, she is comfortable teaching and performing across multiple genres including rock, pop, and R&B. She is flexible as an instructor and can tailor lessons to students’ individual learning styles and interests.
$64 hour lesson
$32 half hour lesson
Monthly payment is due at the first lesson of the month. Credit will be applied to the following month if instructor needs to cancel or in the event of inclement weather or illness. Please be respectful about providing as much notice as possible.
Contact Catherine for availability