Catherine Case

Lecturer - Harp

Catherine Case
  • Professional
  • Biography


  • M.M., Rice University
  • B.M., Oberlin Conservatory of Music


Applied Harp Lessons and Harp Ensemble Director

Professional Memberships/Organizations


Catherine Case has performed widely across the United States and abroad as a soloist and orchestral harpist. She frequently performs as Principal Harp for the 5th Avenue Theatre and as substitute harpist for the Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Tacoma Symphony. Catherine serves on the board of the American Harp Society as the Northwest Regional Director and Regional Director Coordinator. Catherine has taught on the faculties of Marrowstone Music Festival, Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program and Hong Kong Harp Services.

Ms. Case has served as Principal Harp for the Sarasota Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Singapore and Yucatan Symphonies.  As Assistant Principal Harp with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, she toured South America and recorded works of Villa-Lobos for BIS Records.

A winner of the Ima Hogg National Young Artists Competition, Catherine performed Ginastera’s Harp Concerto with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in 2001. She has also appeared as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony (Washington), Kingsport Symphony, Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra and the Shepherd School of Music Chamber Orchestra.  In 2006, Catherine was a featured soloist in a triple harp concerto by Kevin Kaska with the Doctors Orchestra of Houston.

While a member of the Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble, Catherine performed the world premiere of “In the White Silence” by John Luther Adams, which was later released on New World Records.  Upon the recommendation of the composer, she performed “Athabascan Dances” for harp and percussion at the 2006 National Harp Conference. She also appears on his Grammy nominated piece, “Become Ocean” with the Seattle Symphony.

Ms. Case received degrees in harp performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Rice University, where she was a student of Alice Chalifoux, Yolanda Kondonassis and Paula Page. Before that, Catherine studied with Joan Raeburn-Holland at the Interlochen Arts Academy and with former Boston Symphony Orchestra harpist, Ann Hobson-Pilot.