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Hochstein String Faculty - Katie Worley

Instrument/Department: Violin, Suzuki Violin, Ensembles
Joined Hochstein Faculty in: 2000

Katie Worley, originally from Texas, began violin studies at the age of 4 as a Suzuki student. She moved to Rochester at the age of 18 to study violin performance at the Eastman School of Music. She studied with professors Catherine Tait and Charles Castleman, earning both BM (1999) and MM (2001) degrees. Worley joined Hochstein faculty in 2000 and teaches both Suzuki and traditional violin students full time.

She was a member of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra from 2001-2003. She has played as a substitute violinist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (2002-2007), as well as serving as concertmaster of orchestras traveling to Heidelberg, Germany, and the Bahamas.

Worley has completed Suzuki teacher training at Ithaca Suzuki Institute, Suzuki Institute of Southern Ontario, and Suzuki institute of the Palouse in Pullman, Washington. She served as co-chair of the Hochstein String department from 2008-2013 and was the recipient of Hochstein’s 2015 Faculty Service Award.

She also enjoys caring for her two rabbits, guinea pig, rat, two birds, and three cats and being “Aunt Katie” for her goddaughter, Melody.


More About Katie Worley

Hometown: College Station, TX

What inspires me: Hearing others play

When I’m not at Hochstein, you can find me: Taking care of my many pets

Favorite place to travel: Heidelberg, Germany

Favorite TV showGray’s Anatomy

What people would be surprised to know about me: Though I’m very organized and like everything to be clean and orderly, I despise doing dishes.