Katheryn Jean McElrath is a graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City, earning both a Bachelor and Master of Music Degree. She studied with such noted teachers as Julius Baker, Samuel Baron, Paula Robeson, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion. In the fall of 2001 she joined the adjunct faculty of Music at Southern Oregon University. She has taught at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J., and was a visiting professor of music at Mills College and the University of California at Berkeley.
Katheryn is the principal flutist of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the principal flutist of the Rogue Valley Symphony. She has also appeared with the San Francisco Opera, Donald Pippin's Pocket Opera, the Oakland Ballet, the Marin Symphony, the Skywalker Symphony, Composers Inc., and the Rogue Music Theatre. She has worked on various film and recording projects. She performed with Linda Ronstadt on the CD's "Frenesi" and "Mas Canciones," and with Sir John Williams and the Skywalker Symphony on the re-recording of the Star Wars Trilogy. Katheryn has performed and recorded with Randy Newman and Ray Charles. As a member of The Flute Exchange, a San Francisco based ensemble, she performs across the country and is featured on the CD's, "From Pit to Stage" and American composer John Thow's "Songs of the Earth".
In the 2001 season, she performed in "Enter the Guardsman" with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and was the featured soloist with the Rogue Valley Symphony in November. She has been featured as a soloist with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the Holy Names College Orchestra, The Juilliard Orchestra, the International Festival Orchestra, Aberdeen, Scotland and the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra.
For six years, she co-created, directed and performed concerts for the San Francisco Symphony's Adventures in Music program, bringing live performances to over 60,000 of San Francisco's elementary school children.