Kate Bivona

Kate Bivona

Teaching Artist (Violin & Viola)

Kate received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Arizona State University under the direction of Dr. Katie McLin. In 2008, she won the Arizona state division round of the Music Teacher’s National Association Competition and in 2010, she was a finalist in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition. Kate earned her Master’s degree in Performance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 where she studied with Brian Lewis. During her Master’s degree, she became a finalist in the UT Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, served as concertmaster of the UT Symphony Orchestra, and performed alongside the concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Kim. She also performed for and studied extensively with the members of the Miro Quartet.

In 2012, Kate was chosen to solo with the National Repertory Orchestra, an intensive fellowship program in Breckenridge, Colorado where she also held a principal position. She has performed in and attended other music festivals over the years such as Aspen Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Indiana Summer Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and Idyllwild Summer Arts Program. She has performed in masterclasses for professional quartets such as the Julliard String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, Brentano String Quartet, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

Kate is currently pursuing her passion of playing live music and is teaching in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. She has been teaching for four years and is excited to work for Sounds Academy as she believes every child should have the opportunity to learn music.