Meet Katherine Dorn Lewis
Katherine Dorn Lewis started her violin studies at the age of 12 with Victoria Baker Lottes in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Southern Illinois State University at Carbondale in 1975 - 77 as assistant to the SIU orchestra studying with violinist, conductor Robert Bergt. Returning to the Danbury CT area, she studied with well-known New York area concert violinists Jeannie Mitchell Biancoli, Rachmael Weinstock and Pamela Frank. Her Bachelor of Music studies were completed at Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, where she studied violin and chamber music with professor, Eric Lewis, first violinist of the famed Manhattan String Quartet. Katherine performed as WCSU Symphony concertmaster and soloist for her entire University career, finishing her Bachelor of Music Performance degree in 1984. Her post-graduate work concentrated on chamber music studies with the Manhattan String Quartet in the USA and in Europe.
Katherine used her performing and organizing skills to become founding member of the Camerata Chamber Orchestra soloing with Eric Lewis, now her husband. She has also soloed with famed harpsichordist, Igor Kipnis and performs with chamber music groups, orchestras, and as a solo recitalist in the New York and Connecticut area. Her latest project includes the chamber music group called Elysium, which endeavors to expand the chamber music repertoire with works of different eras and small to the large ensemble instrumentations. Katherine is preparing for a recording project, which will cover the complete organ quartets of W. A. Mozart.
Katherine Dorn Lewis has been teaching violin and viola lessons privately for 33 years in the Danbury CT area where she coaches chamber music groups of all ages. Her class has been a nurturing phenomenon for such well-known violinists and teachers as Ridgefield’s David Strom who now co-directs the Northern Virginia Suzuki Music School (NVSMS). Mrs. Lewis is the co-director of the Lewisonian School for Strings (LSS), which she formed in 2001.