Greetings violin fans! I am Deborah Katz, pleased to welcome you to my website! Let me first tell you about my qualifications and background: I have been playing the violin since I was 5 and went on to earn my bachelors degree in music from Indiana University and masters in violin performance from New England Conservatory.

Performance is a big part of my life and a way for me to connect with audiences who need music in working towards social justice. For example, a concert featuring pieces written during times of war helps bridge our everyday routines to a place where music can evoke thoughts and or even mourning while energizing towards a more just and peaceful world. A future project involves playing works by queer composers to be held during Pride celebrations in June. My more regular gigs include playing with the Maryland Lyric Opera, Sarasota Opera, American Pops Orchestra, New Orchestra of Washington. I also used to be a full time member of the Yucatan Symphony in Mexico. Hablo espaƱol!

I have been teaching violin and sometimes viola for the past 20 years and have enjoyed connecting with each student and the challenge of how to cater to each person’s learning styles. I didn’t always practice consistently as a kid but having the violin lessons as something I had to do gave me stability and direction as well as neat new sounds I could create for people listening. I currently reside with my partner in Arlington, Virginia where I am accepting new students.