A Boise native, Katherine Jarvis grew up listening to the Boise Philharmonic and is honored to now hold the position of assistant concertmaster. She received degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM) and the University of Minnesota (MM), and has studied under leading professors including Charles Castleman, Lynn Blakeslee, and Sally O’Reilly.

An active performer, Kate has played in ensembles throughout the United States as well as in Salzburg, Austria. She enjoys working with a diverse range of musicians and groups including the Minneapolis-based band Reina del Cid and the Ohio Light Opera. As an orchestral musician, Kate has performed with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra along with serving as principal second of the Eastman Philharmonia, concertmaster of the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, and principal second and concertmaster of the National Orchestral Institute and Festival. Locally, she performs regularly with Classical Revolution: Boise and 208 Ensemble.

In addition to her performance career, Kate loves working with students in both public school classrooms and in private lessons. While at Eastman, she earned a degree in instrumental music education along with violin performance, and is a New York State certified teacher. Kate has volunteered her time as a strings teacher within the Rochester, NY public schools, and has worked as a mentor for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony in Minneapolis, MN. Most recently she has been involved with the Centennial High School orchestras as a violin coach.

Kate is delighted to be back in Boise, and when she’s not playing the violin you can find her out enjoying the natural beauty of Idaho.