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For Jamaican-American violinist, Katherine Dennis, the ability to create music represents the ability to create freedom. From a young age, she recognized the transformative power of music, viewing it as a tool for self-discovery, a catalyst for catharsis, a balm during crises, and a means for fostering community. During personal and societal upheavals, her violin evolved into more than just an instrument; it became a sanctuary. Consequently, she has dedicated her career to crafting meaningful musical spaces in which people can forge deeper connections with themselves and the world.


Katherine Dennis has garnered recognition for her performances and educational initiatives. As a chamber musician, she has appeared in concert venues around the world and has participated in numerous international music festivals. Noteworthy performances have included venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tarrytown Music Hall, and Bargemusic. While her artistry is heavily steeped in the classical tradition, she is also heavily immersed in the worlds of new music, pop, and folk music. She frequently collaborates with The Moth podcast, showcasing original works, and has premiered works with the American Composers Orchestra.


A fervent advocate for arts education and equity, Katherine has distinguished herself not only as a performer, but also as an educator. She has facilitated workshops at Carnegie Hall, Rockland County School District, Southern Westchester BOCES, and the Westchester County Arts Leadership Association. In 2016, Katherine founded the Thurgood Marshall Academy Middle School Orchestra in Harlem, NY, after being awarded the Vh1 Save the Music grant. She continues to establish and cultivate music programs within the New York City Metropolitan area. She is also registered through all 10 Suzuki books.


Katherine holds degrees in Violin Performance from East Carolina University and McGill University. She earned a second master’s in music education through Hunter College's Lincoln Center Scholar Program.  Katherine earned her doctorate in Leadership and Learning within Organizations through Vanderbilt University.

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