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CATHERINE H. GARNER, DMA, a pianist and assistant teaching instructor on faculty at East Carolina University, received a doctorate in collaborative arts and chamber music under the direction of Dr. Jean Barr from the Eastman School of Music. She received a master of music degree in vocal accompanying and coaching from Florida State University and a bachelors of music in piano performance at Louisiana State University. Dr. Garner has performed as a soloist with the Louisiana State University Orchestra, Garner the Monroe (La.) Symphony Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Tallahassee Ballet, and the Big Bend Orchestra. She was a staff pianist at the American Institute for Musical Studies summer program in Graz, Austria as well as a participant at the Summer Academy in Nice, France with Dalton Baldwin. She participated in both the New Music@ECU Festival and the Festival of New Music at Florida State University and was the official pianist at the East Carolina University Brass Festival and Flute Symposium. Dr. Garner was also a featured performer at the Pershing’s Own Tuba/ Euphonium Conference in Washington DC and at SERTEC at NC School of the Arts with Tom McCaslin, tuba. She has performed as a collaborative pianist with such groups as The New Music Collective in Charleston and with various soloists around the southeast, such as Aaron Goldman, assistant principal flutist of the National Symphony. She is a founding member along with Susan Hochmiller and Tabatha Easley of the Blue Ridge Trio, a group dedicated to the performance and exposure of music for voice, flute, and piano. Dr. Garner is also the founder and director of Music on a WIM (Women’s Initiative Music Series), a monthly concert series featuring compositions by women, performed in high traffic areas around the university. She has also been a participant in master classes with Marilyn Home, William Bolcom, Richard Hundley, Jànos Starker and John Wustman, among others. For three years prior to starting her doctoral program, she was the faculty pianist at East Carolina University. Dr. Garner rejoined the East Carolina faculty after completing her studies from the Eastman School, were she held a teaching assistantship for the undergraduate accompanying classes, and assistantships in studio accompanying and opera coaching. She resides in Greenville, North Carolina with her family.