Cathlin Reese is a Suzuki-trained violinist and a native Texan. She began her violin studies at the age of six under Judy Offman in Houston and completed all ten books of the Suzuki repertoire. During these years of study, she had the great privilege of taking lessons with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in Japan, and was one of 20 American and Japanese Suzuki violin students selected to tour Japan and China. She went on to attend the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston for two years, and then graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She holds two degrees in violin performance: a Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University and a Master of Music degree from Miami University.
In addition, she recently earned credits toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Oklahoma where she studied with Hal Grossman. She was also a member of the CrouseGraduate String Quartet, which played in master classes for the Tokyo, Rubens, Miro, Avalon, and Chiara String Quartets. She was a concerto winner at Miami University and placed third in the Tuesday Musical Club competition. She has played in master classes for Yehudi Menuhin and Philippe Quint.
Cathlin has played in a number of professional symphonies: She was Associate Concertmaster with the San Bernardino Symphony in California and was a member of the Tulsa Symphony in Oklahoma, among others. She has also enjoyed performing with stars such as Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder, and Celtic Woman, to name a few, and played with Kanye West on TV for the Grammy Awards. Cathlin has had excellent teacher training in Suzuki violin and has taught students for over ten years. She has experienced first-hand the successful results of growing up with the Suzuki method, and sheenjoys helping her students learn to play beautiful music on the violin.