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Katherine Ballester

katherine_ballester-3137Katherine Ballester is one of the newest and youngest members of the Orchestra.

She began as a substitute violinist in September 2011 and successfully auditioned for a full-time position for the 2012–2013 season during her junior year in college.

Her father was in the Air Force and after retirement found a job at WPAFB, which brought the family to the Dayton area. Because of his frequent moves while on active duty, Katherine and her four brothers were homeschooled by Lynette Ballester, their mother.

Katherine initially enrolled at Wright State University, where she was pursuing a degree in Violin Performance. She switched majors in her junior year and is working toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

The second oldest of five siblings, she began her violin studies at the age of 6 and during high school she studied privately with Dr. Won-Bin Yim at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).

Her brothers are musical as well: Nicholas (an engineering graduate student at WSU), also plays violin, Damian (a business major at WSU) plays cello, Francis (a high school senior) plays cello, and his twin, Marcel, plays piano.

Katherine was a four-year member of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and was co-concertmaster with Nicholas until her senior year, when she was concertmaster.

She garnered several awards from the DPVA, beginning when she was a winner of the David L. Pierson Concerto Competition in 2008 and performed the first movement of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole with the DPO in 2009. Katherine also won a Concerto Competition at WSU in 2010, playing the first  movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto at WSU’s 2011 Concerto/Aria night.

Katherine’s hobbies include ballroom dancing, cross stitching, reading, horseback riding and enjoying her parakeets.


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