Dr. Catherine Keen Hock exemplifies the innovative spirit of the contemporary classical musician. She currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina, performing and teaching throughout the state and surrounding areas. Cat is an avid supporter of new music, especially chamber music, and frequently collaborates with local composers and performers. As a skilled doubler, Cat also enjoys playing in pit orchestras for musical productions, thriving in the challenging and demanding atmosphere of live theatre. Currently, Cat is the bass clarinetist for the Fayetteville and Salisbury Symphony Orchestras and is a member of the woodwind faculty at the Music Academy of North Carolina.
Cat is a founding member of the award-winning reed ensemble Quintet Sirocco, formed in 2010 by fellow graduate students at UNC Greensboro in an effort to continue advancing this exciting new genre of chamber music. As an ensemble, Quintet Sirocco’s mission encompasses commissioning and performing new music, creating innovative performance experiences for diverse audiences, and presenting educational performances throughout North Carolina. In 2007, Cat was a founding member of the Obsidian Clarinet Quartet, premiering two original compositions at the 2008 conference for the International Clarinet Association, ClarinetFest, in Kansas City.
Cat completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) in clarinet performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2012 where she was a graduate teaching assistant for the clarinet studio and jazz studies program. Her degree includes a cognate in jazz studies, and she also completed a Post-Baccaleureate Certificate in Historical Musicology during her doctoral studies. Cat’s dissertation, “The Pivotal Role of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time in the Establishment of the Clarinet-Piano Quartet Genre” reflects her passion for contemporary chamber music and examines the historical and socio-economic factors that have contributed to its current prominence within the classical music culture. While at UNCG, she was a member of the Wind Ensemble (performing at CBDNA in Austin, Texas in 2009), University Symphony Orchestra, Casella Sinfonietta and Jazz Ensemble II. Cat also earned a MM in Clarinet Performance from UNCG in 2007 and a BA with Honors in Music Performance with a minor in International Studies from Wake Forest University in 2005. At Wake Forest, Cat was a William L. Poteat Scholar, winner of the Concerto Competition and Giles-Harris Competition for Performance, and a drum major for the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black Marching Band. Also while at Wake Forest, Cat spent a magical semester in Venice, Italy, where she studied at theConservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello and traveled Europe experiencing performances by the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. She has studied with Kelly Burke, Anthony Taylor, Edwin Riley, Eileen Young and Michael Waddell.
Recently Cat has discovered a love of North Carolina’s state tree, the long leaf pine, after planting several acres of seedlings with her younger brother on the family farm in Four Oaks. When she isn’t checking on the rapidly growing baby trees, Cat enjoys renovating her 1950s ranch-style Greensboro home with her husband, Noah, a professional violist, and laughing at the unpredictable antics of her fluffy black cat, Hutch.
Visit Cat on the web at www.catkeenhockclarinet.com or on Twitter @ClarinetCat08