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Catherine Peterson

Catherine Peterson

Assistant Principal / Second Flute Tom & Noëy Congdon Chair

  • Member of the Ivy Street Ensemble
  • Co-Director of the Mile High Flute Benders
  • Mother of three boys

Catherine Peterson (she/her) is Assistant Principal/Second Flutist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. As Acting Principal Flute of the Colorado Symphony for the 2017-2018 season, Cathy performed Syrinx for solo flute by Claude Debussy for a packed audience at Boettcher Concert Hall followed by flute lover’s orchestral works Afternoon of a Faun and Daphnis et Chloe. A regular substitute flutist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 2010-2019, and again in 2024, she has performed Afternoon of a Faun at Myerhoff Symphony Hall under the direction of Louis Langree, and toured Carnegie Hall with the BSO under the direction of Marin Alsop. She has also performed with the Detroit Symphony, Hawaii Symphony, and recorded Ameriques by Varese with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

An active chamber musician and educator, she performs with the nationally recognized Ivy Street Ensemble throughout Colorado on various concert series, and more importantly, at schools across the Front Range, bringing music to the next generation. Cathy can often be heard on Colorado Public Radio performing solo flute repertoire as well as award winning commissions for Ivy Street Ensemble. In addition to a private flute studio of young and adult flutists, Ms. Peterson is the Flute Practicing Artist for Denver School of the Arts and teaches at the University of Denver’s Lamont Summer Academy.

Her previous orchestral musical engagements include Principal Flutist with the Central City Opera, Principal Flutist with Emerald City Opera, and co-Principal Flutist of the Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She is a regular performer at Front Range Chamber Players in Fort Collins, Colorado.

When she is not busy performing, Cathy is Director of the annual Mile High Flute Camp, co- Director of Mile High Flute Benders(a Denver community flute choir for all ages), and President of the Board of Directors for Front Range Chamber Players. Cathy studied in college with Walfrid Kujala, Tim Day, Leone Buyse and Jeff Zook. She loves to take casual bike rides, walk her dog and spend time with her family. You can learn more about Cathy at