Courses Taught

  • Orchestral Excerpts for Violin


  • MM, Eastman School of Music
  • BM, The Juilliard School


  • San Francisco Symphony

What is your hometown?

Rochester, NY

What is your favorite recording?

Anything with Vladimir Horowitz.

What are you passionate about outside of music?


Who were your major teachers?

Zvi Zeitlin, Ivan Galamian, and David Nadien.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“Practice more intelligently.”

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

“Does my playing suit my musical concept or does my musical concept suit my playing?”

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

Kindergarten, when my father handed me a violin.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

A physicist.


Catherine has been heard as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Colorado Philharmonic, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. She graduated with highest honors from the Eastman School Preparatory Department and went on to get a Bachelors of Music degree at The Juilliard School, and her Masters of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music. Her teachers have included Norma Auzin, Zvi Zeitlin, Eileen Malone (harp), Vincent Lenti( piano) , Ivan Galamian, Margaret Pardee, William Lincer and David Nadien. In addition to her solo and recital work, Ms Van Hoesen has had extensive orchestral experience in a variety of roles, as section leader and first violinist. She attended the Meadowmount School of Music and the Music Academy of the West.  During her Masters degree work with Zvi Zeitlin, she became his assistant at the Eastman School of Music. In addition to playing in the San Francisco Symphony, Ms Van Hoesen has a busy teaching schedule and she takes great pride in the successful achievements of her students. Many of her students now hold positions with local and major orchestras. Catherine is a native of Rochester New York, and she was born into a musical family.  One of her greatest influences was her grandfather Karl Van Hoesen, who studied with Leopold Auer, Otakar Sevcik, and Franz Kneisel.