Ms. Beeson has served as Assistant Principal Viola and has been involved in social impact programming with the Colorado Symphony since 1999. She also served as Director of Community & Education Programs from 2014-2018, during which time she oversaw the creation of Sensory Friendly programming, an expanded presence in community venues, a 400% increase in the Very Young Composers program, and increased engagement in school day Youth Concerts.
Catherine comes from a family of educators, musicians, and community builders. She is ceaselessly devoted to the latter, connecting people of all walks of life through community and school residency programs that encourage music composition and performance.
Catherine cut her teeth on this work teaching and creating curriculum for the New York Philharmonic School Partnership Program and the Little Orchestra Society. Since moving to Denver Catherine has created innovative community based programming for Friends of Chamber Music, Up Close and Musical, Denver Eclectic Concerts and the Colorado Symphony. Additionally, she has created original marketing content for UCAM, and managed social media, development, and operations for Denver Eclectic Concerts. Catherine has more than 20 years of experience with artistic programming, fundraising, marketing and operations for the Loon Lake Live chamber music series in northern New York, having built and managed that organization from the ground up. Ms. Beeson is deeply interested in the positive application of systems and structures in artistic environments to enhance creativity and innovation. However, she believes the root of sustained success lies in collaborative teamwork and is a firm supporter of the observation that culture eats strategy for breakfast.
As a performer, Ms. Beeson has worked with Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, New York City Opera National Company, the Handel-Haydn Society of Austin, the Asian Cultural Council (Tokyo and New York), the Lenape Chamber Ensemble (Philadelphia), Santa Fe Pro Musica, Englewood Arts, Denver Eclectic Concerts, and most recently Ensemble Faucheux. She especially loves collaborating with composers to bring new pieces of music into the world. Ms. Beeson is excited to be a Creative Consultant for Friends of Chamber Music, curating special programming at Syntax Physic Opera and the Clyfford Still Museum. As Artistic Director of Loon Lake Live since 1997 she is also very proud to have built the chamber music series into a cultural treasure for the rural northern Adirondack State Park region of NY.
Believe it or not Catherine has spare time! She loves playing board games, reading, cooking, hanging out with her insanely cool partner and completely amazing kids, making wacky stuff with found objects, having random adventures, and doing just about anything outdoors. She also makes sure to attend the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo at least twice each January so as not to stray too far from her roots.