Katherine Baird, Director

Katherine Baird, Director
Katherine oversees the Preparatory Music program, which serves over 200 families with private instrumental lessons, group classes, orchestras, chamber music, an early childhood/pre-instrumental program, and adult musicianship.
She has been instrumental in creating a Suzuki parent education program, starting the process of linking the other music programs on campus (Kodály and Vocal Pedagogy graduate programs) to Preparatory Music, and is developing strategies for an outreach program to provide music to underserved communities. She also is a passionate cello teacher, with a studio of twenty-one private students who range in age from 4 years to adult.

Katherine received a Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from Holy Names College, where she studied with Jennifer Culp, former cellist with the Kronos Quartet (1999-2005). Other teachers have included Margaret Tait, Millie Rosner, Peter Shelton, Peter Wyrick, Stephen Harrison and most recently, Andrew Luchansky.

She is certified in Orff-Schulwerk training from Mills College (under the tutelage of Doug Goodkin, James Harding and Sofia Lopez-Ibor) and also Levels 1-10 of Suzuki Cello Teacher-Training.