College of Liberal Arts
UT Arlington Music
UT Arlington Music Department

Ms. Catherine Forbes

Area: Viola

Phone: 817-272-1103
Office Location: FA 2122
Degree(s): M.M. New England Conservatory, B.M. Texas Tech University
Mentis Profile:

Catherine Forbes is viola professor at The University of Texas at Arlington and founding director of the UTA Viola Recital/Lecture Series.  She has served as Artist/ Faculty at the Heifetz International Music Institute, the Phillips Academy in Andover and the Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Nuevo Leon, in Monterrey, Mexico and The Institute for Strings in Dallas.

Ms. Forbes was assistant principal violist of the Boston Philharmonic and the Santa Fe Chamber Orchestra and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and was principal violist of the Cullowhee Chamber Orchestra and the Abilene Philharmonic.  She served as violist for the Andover Chamber Players, the Cullowhee Resident String Quartet, and the Abilene Chamber Players.  She has performed as guest artist with the West End Chamber Players and Spectrum Chamber Players and 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 is recipient of the AVS National Founder’s Award for excellence in teaching and performance and recipient of the University of Texas at Arlington College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award.

She served as National Secretary for the American Viola Society and has presented clinics and workshops for TODA and TMEA.  She has served as adjudicator for local, state and national competitions including ASTA, DMTA, and MENC.  Professional Societies include Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Society, American Viola Society, American String Teachers Association, Texas Music Educators Association and Music Teachers National Association.

Ms. Forbes plays on a viola made by Vincenzo Panormo, c. 1790 and a bow made by Guillaume Maline in 1850.