Katherine Thayer was appointed concertmaster of the Denver Philharmonic in 2006. In addition, she is Concertmaster of the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra and performs with Inside the Orchestra, bringing music to school children. Katherine enjoys her performances with her group 3–4 Trio, who are heard frequently at DPOs Dazzle performances.
Katherine was Principal 2nd violin and soloist with the former Denver Chamber Orchestra, JoAnne Falletta, conductor. She enjoyed performing at the Colorado Music Festival and Grand Teton Music Festivals for 5 years each.
Before moving to Colorado in 1984, Katherine was an Assistant Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Eastern New Mexico University, where she performed as a violinist in the Raphael Trio.
Her violin studies include a Masters Degree from Michigan State University when the Juilliard Quartet was in residence, European studies with Zino Francescatti, Christian Ferras, and Alberto Lysy.
She held positions in the first violin sections of the Kamarata Lysy, the Wurttembergishes Kammer Orchestre, and the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg.