Catherine Reaves—Second Violin
Catherine Reaves started her violin studies at the age of 10 in DeLand, Florida. As there was no public school string program offered, she began her orchestral training with the Stetson University Orchestra at the age of 11. This opportunity fostered her desire to pursue a career as an orchestral violinist. She attended Stetson University, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education in 1976, having served as concertmaster for the university orchestra her Junior and Senior years. Cathy received her Master of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Northern Colorado in 1978. The next two years were spent in Belo Horizonte, Brazil as a member of the Orquestra Sinfonica de Minas Gerais.
Moving to Oklahoma City in 1981, Cathy established a private violin studio, teaching as many as 30 students, and joined the Oklahoma Symphony as a part-time musician. She has also been a member of the Lawton Philharmonic since 1982 and since 1984, has held the position of Principal Second Violin. Since 1989 with the founding of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Cathy has shared the first stand of Second Violins with her husband Mike. In that position, Cathy continues the long tradition of writing the performance date on each piece of music the Philharmonic performs. In the summer, you will find her in the Lyric Theatre orchestra pit. Together, Mike & Cathy perform in the Mid-America String Quartet, which has helped introduce local school children to classical music through the Oklahoma City Orchestra League’s “We’ve Got Rhythm” program since 1996. The MASQ is also available for weddings, receptions and other events.
Cathy has two daughters, a son and a stepdaughter, ranging in age from 20-32 and she and Mike are thrilled to be grandparents. She and her family enjoy getting away to their place on Lake Eufaula, where they boat, water ski, swim and have great family times. Other hobbies include snow skiing, snorkeling, playing cards and reading. Cathy’s other musical endeavor is hand bell ringing, which she says is extremely humbling, and is completely different from playing the violin.