College of Liberal Arts
UT Arlington Music
UT Arlington Music Department

Ms. Catherine Forbes

Area: Viola

Phone: 817-272-3471
Office Location: FA 2122
Degree(s): M.M. New England Conservatory, B.M. Texas Tech University
Mentis Profile:

Catherine Forbes is Viola Professor and Director of Chamber Music at The University of Texas at
Arlington. She is Founding Director of the UTA Viola Recital Lecture Series, now in its 29th season.
Renowned as a gifted teacher, her students have been prizewinners in local and national
competitions, perform regularly with symphony orchestras and continue to pursue education at
major conservatories in the United States and abroad.

Previous Artist Faculty appointments include the Heifetz International Music Institute, the Phillips
Academy in Andover MA and the Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico. As a
recent guest of Vietnam Connection Music Festival, she presented chamber concerts and master
classes in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and performed as guest Principal Viola of the Hanoi

Catherine performed as artist in residence for the Andover Chamber Players for four seasons in
Massachusetts. She toured New England with Musica Nova, premiering newly commissioned
chamber music pieces to the acclaim of the Boston Globe. She was a featured performing artist at the
XXVII International Viola Congress in Canada.

She held office as National Secretary of the American Viola Society for a four-year tenure, and was
awarded the National Founder’s Award for excellence in performance, teaching and service.
She is recipient of the University of Texas at Arlington College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching
Award. Most recently she was awarded the Phyllis Young Outstanding Studio Teacher Award for
2019 presented by the Texas American String Teachers Association.

Catherine performs on a viola made by Vincenzo Panormo, c. 1790 and a bow made by Guillaume
Maline in 1850.