Katherine Murdock

Katherine Murdock, viola (College Park, MD), is recognized as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher.  She has performed throughout the world with such groups as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Boston Symphony, National Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Boston Chamber Music Society, and the Mendelssohn String Quartet, of which she was a member for seven years. As a participant in the Marlboro Festival, she has toured with Music From Marlboro and performed on their fortieth anniversary concerts in New York and Philadelphia. She has performed live on NPR, West German Radio, and the BBC, and has been a guest of the Emerson, Vermeer, and Guarneri string quartets, as well as the Beaux Arts Trio. She received her musical training at Oberlin College and the Yale School of Music; her teachers and mentors have included Karen Tuttle, Joseph Silverstein, Sándor Végh, Eugene Lehner, Felix Galimir, Robert Mann, and William Primrose. Katherine served for nine years on the faculty of SUNY Stony Brook; previous to that she was on the faculties of Boston Conservatory, Wellesley College, the Longy School, University of Delaware, and University of Hartford, and for five years was Blodgett Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University with the Mendelssohn Quartet. Now Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, for the past twenty-three summers she has been on the artist faculty of Yellow Barn and Kneisel Hall festivals. She has toured New Zealand as a guest of the New Zealand String Quartet, and has recently given master classes and concerts throughout the US, Turkey, Taiwan, Guatemala, and Brazil. She was the violist of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet for twenty-one years, and is a member of the Left Bank Quartet of Washington, D.C. Previous Yellow Barn musician (since 1998)