Catherine Shipley joined the Spokane Symphony’s violin section in fall 2001. A Seattle native, she began studying violin at her public school in 4th grade and viola in high school. She has a Bachelor of Music from Western Washington University and a Master’s in Violin Performance from the University of Washington. To supplement her in-state education, Catherine attended music festivals around the country, including the Aspen Music Festival (CO) and the Chautauqua Music Festival (NY). She was awarded fellowships for three consecutive summers to play in the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. Her teachers included Walter Schwede, Karen Iglitzin, Peter Marsh, Kelly Farris, Robert Davidovici and Steven Staryk.
Since 2003 Catherine has been the violist of The Riverside Trio, playing with Symphony cellist Roberta Bottelli and former Symphony violinist Shelley Rotz. She enjoys being involved in various Spokane-area music education projects and is a member of the Symphony’s Education Committee. She also teaches private violin and viola lessons.
In her free time Catherine enjoys cooking and baking, reading, watching movies, traveling within the U.S. and beyond and hanging out with her family’s two cats. Above all, she loves spending time with her husband, Matt Altermatt, who is a computer programmer for Edmunds.com, and their son, Rowan, born in 2013.