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Katherine Roussopoulos

Teaching Artist Statement
Learning to play a musical instrument well is one of the most rewarding and challenging journeys one can take. As a teacher my desire is to instill in my students a deep love and passion for music. Whether they go on to be concert violinists, rock guitarists, Olympic athletes, or Doctors and Lawyers, my hope is that our time together would have fostered in them a love of music.

“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline, and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” ~Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

Teaching Bio
Katherine received her first 10 years of violin instruction from Madeleine van Rooyen at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Center in Cape Town, South Africa. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance, from the University of Cape Town, in 2004, where she received the Strings award for her year, as well as graduating with distinctions in chamber music, orchestration, and violin performance.  She was placed on the Dean’s Merit List for all of her academic years.  In 2005 Katherine completed her Honors degree in violin performance with distinction.  From 2001 – 2005 Katherine was a member of the UCT orchestras, and was concertmaster from 2003 through 2005. As well as receiving a bursary from SAMRO, Katherine has been awarded the Gerry Meyer and Alfred Libochowitz String Prizes, and is currently a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. 
She has studied under Prof. Jack de Wet, Prof. Jurgen Schwietering, Prof. Farida Bacharova, and most recenlty Prof. Bayla Keyes at Boston University where she completed her Masters degree in violin performance, graduating Summa Cum Laude in May 2008.

Katherine began teaching in 2003 in Cape Town, South Africa. After moving to the USA in 2006 and completing her Master’s degree in 2008, she began teaching at South Shore Conservatory that Fall.

She has completed units 1 – 3 of the Suzuki teacher training, as well as the ECC and SPA courses, and completed her Music Together Teacher Training in April of 2009. In May 2014 Katherine received her Yogi Beans Teaching Certification through Yogi Beans, NYC.

Katherine currently teaches 5 full days at the Hingham campus of the South Shore Conservatory.

Performance Bio
Katherine received her first 10 years of violin instruction from Madeleine van Rooyen at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Center in Cape Town, South Africa. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance, from the University of Cape Town, in 2004, where she received the Strings award for her year, as well as graduating with distinctions in chamber music, orchestration, and violin performance.  She was placed on the Dean’s Merit List for all of her academic years.  In 2005 Katherine completed her Honors degree in violin performance with distinction.  From 2001 – 2005 Katherine was a member of the UCT orchestras, and was concertmaster from 2003 through 2005. As well as receiving a bursary from SAMRO, Katherine has been awarded the Gerry Meyer and Alfred Libochowitz String Prizes, and is currently a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society.

She has studied under Prof. Jack de Wet, Prof. Jurgen Schwietering, Prof. Farida Bacharova, and most recenlty Prof. Bayla Keyes at Boston University where she completed her Masters degree in violin performance, graduating Summa Cum Laude in May 2008.

Katherine has won first place in the DISTELL National Competiton, ATKV-Prelude Competition, and Belville Academy of Music Competition. She has performed extensively throughout South Africa, toured Europe with the Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra, and has performed solo and chamber music recitals in Switzerland, the Seychelles, and the USA.  She has performed regularly with the Cape Town Philharmonic, Atlantic Strings, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Indian Hill Symphony Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, and Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.


Katherine has been sponsored by Skye International Foundation, the National Arts Council of South Africa, and the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust.