Dr. Katie Smirnova, Violin

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Dr. Katie Smirnova, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Rushmore Music Festival, has received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance from the Stony Brook University under the mentorship of Hagai Shaham and Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet. An avid teacher, Dr. Smirnova currently serves as an adjunct professor at the Black Hills State University and Sheridan College, as well as teaches privately through the Professional Violin Studio in Rapid City and Spearfish. Highly interested in child psychology and the early music learning process, she has studied pedagogy with Rebecca Henry at the Peabody Institute and completed a two-year long-term Suzuki teacher training certification at the School for Strings in New York City.

Katie has enjoyed collaborating with various arts organizations such as the National Music Museum in Vermillion SD, San Diego Ballet, Stowe Tango Music Festival, Moscow Ballet, Bel Cantanti Opera Company, Stony Brook Chamber Ensemble, Groupmuse, among others. In addition to performing in various chamber ensembles and performance halls throughout the United States, Katie places a strong value on community outreach benefiting local schools, food shelters, veterans’ hospitals, senior living centers, and libraries.Katie has previously received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Victor Danchenko. Prior to attending Peabody, Katie studied with Dr. Ann Setzer at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division.


Learn more about Dr. Smirnova at www.katiesmirnova.com