Katherine Smart, viola, 2016 graduate
bio written 2018
Katie now attends American University in Washington, DC, where she is majoring in International Studies and minoring in Music Performance. She spent this semester interning with a nonprofit focused on assisting Syrian refugees and plans to study abroad next year in Israel and Jordan. Her goal is to eventually graduate law school and work in refugee and asylum policy. Music has continued to be a major part of her life. She continues to play viola and is a member of the AU Symphony Orchestra. She also participates in chamber ensembles through her school and started playing private gigs this year. CVYO was a big part of her experience with music in middle school and high school. She remembers getting to play holiday songs at the Reagan Library with the choir during the years when she was in Youth Orchestra, which was always a fun experience. Playing with CVYO for so many years also helped her improve a lot as a musician and gain a lot of valuable experiences playing with other students.