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Catherine Barnes is an up-and-coming young musician rapidly establishing herself as an adept performer and teacher of a wide variety of musical styles. A classically trained percussionist, she received her Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from Northwestern University in 2008. Her teachers included marimbist Michael Burritt, Chicago Symphony percussionist James Ross, Grammy winner Paul Wertico, and Latin percussionist Ruben Alvarez.

Catherine has traveled extensively as both a student and a teacher. She received the J. William Fulbright scholarship for percussion studies in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2008. She also studied traditional Anlo-Ewe drumming in Ghana, West Africa in 2007 on an undergraduate research grant from Northwestern University. In 2011, she traveled to Haiti for two months to teach classical percussion at music schools in Cap-Haitien, Cange, and Jacmel.