Katherine Ballester began with the Dayton Philharmonic as a substitute violinist in September 2011 and successfully auditioned for a full-time position for the 2012–2013 season during her junior year in college.
The second oldest of five siblings, she began her violin studies at the age of 6, thanks to her mother’s lifelong wish that one of her children learn the violin. In fact, all of Katherine’s siblings play musical instruments and formed a family string quartet (eventually a piano quintet). During high school she studied privately with Dr. Won-Bin Yim at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and later took two years of music performance studies at WSU.
Katherine was a four-year member of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and was co-concertmaster with her older brother, Nicholas, until her senior year, when she was concertmaster. She garnered several awards from the DPVA, winning the David L. Pierson Concerto Competition in 2008 and performing the first movement of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole with the DPO in 2009. Katherine also won a Concerto Competition at WSU in 2010, playing the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto at WSU’s 2011 Concerto/Aria night.
Katherine recently earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Sinclair Community College. In addition to her professional music career, she teaches science and music at Our Lady of the Assumption Academy in northern Kentucky. She is also taking course work to become a Certified Essential Oil Coach. Katherine would like to thank her faith, her parents, and the fantastic musicians and art patrons of the Dayton area for enabling her to be part of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.