"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art."
- Charlie Parker
Welcome to the website of Catherine Bender, freelance flutist and music teacher based in Seattle. I perform solo flute music in a wide variety of genres for your wedding or other special occasion, and offer flute lessons for all ages. Please use the tabs above to explore these pages and learn more.
Catherine has studied and performed flute for sixteen years. She received a BA in Music from Goshen College in 2006 and an MM in Woodwind Performance from the University of Washington in 2008. Past teachers include Alicia Suarez, Rebecca Hovan, Sarah Bassingthwaite, and Donna Shin.
Catherine has traveled extensively and spent a year studying under Mario Caroli, international soloist and professor at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France. She has also had the opportunity to take lessons with Walfrid Kujala, of Northwestern University, and Elizabeth Mann, principal flutist of the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble in New York. She currently plays flute and piccolo with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra. Catherine has also studied piano for nine years and has experience teaching both beginning piano and flute.