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Catherine Baker

Catherine Baker, a Houston native, has most recently been named the Second Place Winner of the 2019 National Flute Association Orchestral Audition and Masterclass Competition. She has also been named First Place Winner and Murray Panitz Memorial Award Winner of the 2018 Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia Young Artist Competition and  as a finalist and received honorable mention at the 2018 San Diego Flute Guild Young Artist Competition. Catherine has served as the Principal Flute of Orchestra Santa Monica, the American Youth Symphony, and the YMF Debut Orchestra, and additionally the Piccolo Chair of the Young Artists Symphony Orchestra of LA. 

Ms. Baker has also performed in orchestras throughout the country including the Bakersfield Symphony, Brevard Music Center, the Hot Springs Music Festival, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Muse-ique, the New World Symphony, the Redlands Symphony, the San Bernardino Symphony, the South Dakota Symphony, the Southeast Symphony, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Texas Music Festival. Through her performances, she has played under notable conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, Carl St. Clair, and Michael Tilson Thomas. Catherine received the Special Recognition award in the YMF Debut Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist in October 2014. Her main teachers include Sydney Carlson, Marianne Gedigian, Jennifer Keeney, and Jim Walker.

Catherine regularly teaches young aspiring flutists, passionately developing the students’ abilities to produce a strong sense of musicianship, beautiful sound, and fluent technique. Currently, she is a flute teaching artist at the Heart of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA @ HOLA), Neighborhood Music School, and the Young Musicians Foundation.

She also enjoys baking pies, walking her poodle, and exercising on a regular basis! More information can be found at her website: