Cathy began playing the accordion at the age of 8 at the Walter School of Music in Chicago, Illinois. After taking lessons all through high school, she realized that one couldn't major on accordion in college! She went on to major in Instrumental Music Education at Northern Illinois University with string bass as her primary instrument. The position of Director of School Music at Fountain of Life Lutheran School brought her, her husband Joel and three daughters to Tucson six years ago. Cathy currently directs the children's choir, 2 chime choirs, a handbell choir, the concert band and the marching band!