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Katherine Smolen is a talented performer teaching private in-home violin and viola lessons in the Washington D.C. area.
University of Maryland
Bachelor of Music Candidate
Violin Performance
Bachelor of Music Education Candidate
Katherine Smolen
Violin, Viola

Katherine Smolen has been studying the violin since the age of seven. Having been born in Baltimore and raised near the city, Katherine received much of her musical training in high school at the Peabody Preparatory. During this time, her love for music was further cultivated by holding an internship with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, performing on occasion with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, going on tour to Russia with CYSO and along the East Coast with PYO, and by being involved in several chamber ensembles and youth orchestras.

As an enthusiastic teacher and performer, Katherine has a wide range of experience working with violinists and violists of all ages and in a variety of styles. By approaching each student individually, teaching methods and instructional materials are easily adapted to meet students' varying needs and interests. Whether in a one-on-one or in a group setting, students learn to love music and improve their technique and musicality through lessons that possess an environment that cherishes experimenting, exploring, and embodying music.

Katherine is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance at the University of Maryland where she studies with Irina Muresanu. Previous teachers include Kimberly Fisher, Oleg Rylatko, and Ivan Stefanovic. Alongside this degree, Katherine is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with an instrumental focus with plans to graduate in 2017. When not teaching or performing with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra or the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, she is an active freelancer in the MD, DC, and VA regions.

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