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Catherine John

Tour Administrator, North America

Catherine is a violinist and a native of Marin County, California, where as a high schooler she performed in the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra, including on a tour of Vancouver, Canada. She has lived in Mexico, Spain, France and Ireland, and has worked extensively with youth music ensembles, most notably founding a youth orchestra in Mexico in collaboration with Maestro Arturo Marquez and taking the group on a tour of France. Catherine holds a master’s degree in Community Music from the University of Limerick, Ireland. She performs and teaches traditional Irish and Mexican music, and is a member of Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano, San Francisco’s premier all-female mariachi band.

"When I traveled to Spain to study abroad in college, I didn’t want to miss out on playing violin in an orchestra for a semester, and so I joined the Youth Orchestra of Salamanca. With this ensemble, I had the opportunity to meet young Spanish musicians, learn Spanish classical repertoire, and tour around the country. When I struggled with the language, playing music was a reprieve from my linguistic difficulties and a way to connect and communicate with my Spanish peers in a deeper, non-verbal way. One of my best memories with the orchestra was performing Brahms’ German Requiem alongside a German choir in the Old Cathedral of Salamanca. Years later, I took a Mexican youth orchestra on a tour of France, where I delighted in witnessing young French and Mexican musicians experience this exquisite cultural-musical connection for the first time."