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Dr. Cathleen Jeffcoat currently holds Adjunct Faculty positions in Violin, Piano, Music Appreciation, and Fundamentals of Music at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD where she is also Director of the Chamber Ensemble; in Violin, Viola, Piano, Colourstrings™ and Suzuki® at The Music Institute at HCC; and in Violin at Loyola University, MD. She is a former Faculty member of the Peabody Institute Preparatory Division in Violin, Viola and Chamber Music; and former Adjunct Faculty for violin at Georgetown University. Cathleen holds Bachelor of Music (Western Australian Conservatorium of Music), Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees (University of Maryland, College Park), as well as an Artists’ Certificate (Franz Liszt Music Academy).

In Australia, Cathleen has received various prizes, awards and honors in competitions, and has received Masonic Scholarships and a Returned Servicemen’s League Scholarship. Her teachers have included Theresa Sopinski, Vaughan Hanly and Pál Eder. In 1993-96, Cathleen was awarded the prestigious Hungarian Government Scholarship – a scholarship given by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture to very few foreigners – and studied at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, Hungary. While studying under the finest professors in Hungary, she gave many solo recitals throughout Hungary, including one at the Residency of the Australian Ambassador to Hungary.

In the United States, her teachers have included Dr. Gerald Fischbach, Arnold Steinhardt and Ronda Cole. In 2000-2001, the University of Maryland recognized Cathleen’s contribution to the field of teaching with a “Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award.” In 2002, she graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance, with her dissertation project being “J.S.Bach Cello Suites on Violin.” In the same year, she received a prize with Honors for her work at the Graduate Research Interactive Day held at the University of Maryland. Her edition and recording of the Suites will be released in the future worldwide.

Dr. Jeffcoat has played with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian Radio and Television Orchestra, Vox Ama Deus Ensemble, Bach Consort, Bach Sinfonia and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. In 2003, she gave masterclasses in Melbourne, Australia; in 2004 at the University of Melbourne; Monash University, as a guest international clinician at the Autumn Suzuki Festival Conference in Melbourne; and at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore.

Dr. Jeffcoat has given lecture presentations at the national conferences for American String Teachers Association (ASTA), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Australian String Teachers Association (AUSTA) and the Maryland State Music Educators Association conference (MMEA). In 2004-05, Dr. Jeffcoat was named in Marquis’ “Who’s Who of America” for recognition of her work in the field of music; for 2007 she was named in Marquis’ “Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders of the US”.

Contact Dr. Jeffcoat at cjeffcoat@howardcc.edu