Catherine Fish is a professional violinist and orchestra director from Port Washington, NY. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Temple University, where she studied with former Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, William DePasquale, and a Master of Music degree from the University of the Arts. Catherine is currently on the faculty of the Herricks School District, where she is the High School Orchestra Director and conducts three thriving string orchestras. Her ensembles consistently earn the highest rating of “Gold with Distinction,” at the NYSSMA Major Evaluation Festival, as well as other regional festivals and competitions.
Ms. Fish also serves as a violin coach for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (MYO), where she leads sectionals and gives coaching sessions to the Principal Orchestra string students. She maintains an active private violin studio and serves on the boards of multiple professional organizations. This coming year, she is serving as Chairperson of the Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA) Chamber Music Festival, as well as the Nassau County Music Educators’ Association (NMEA) All-County Festival, Division V.
When she is not teaching, Ms. Fish can be found playing with numerous orchestras and opera companies in the NY metropolitan area, including the North Shore Music Festival (Concertmaster and Orchestra Manager), Garden State Philharmonic (Principal Second Violin), South Shore Symphony (Assistant Concertmaster), Bobby Vinton and the Carmen Dee Orchestra, and the Amore Opera Company (Concertmaster). She has played under such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Russell Stanger, Luis Biava, John Douglas, Scott Jackson Wiley, and Anthony LaGruth.
Ms. Fish is herself an alumna of the School of Orchestral Studies (SOS) at NYSSSA. Her summers spent at this program were formative, and led her to pursue violin studies with Wiliam DePasquale at Temple University. While she has had extensive training in concertmaster studies and orchestral conducting from many wonderful mentors along the way, SOS is where her career officially began. Ms. Fish looks forward to the opportunity to pay her own wonderful experience forward, and to share her passion for string orchestra repertoire with the next generation of SOS students!