Staff Sergeant Catherine Gerhiser, a native of Savannah, Georgia, received her
Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School in 2005, and her Master’s in 2007, studying
with Masao Kawasaki. Prior to her time at The Juilliard School, she attended the
Cleveland Institute of Music Young Artist Program, studying with Linda Cerone. Her
many inspiring coaches and teachers include Michael Tilson Thomas, Joseph
Kalichstein, Joel Smirnoff, Bonnie Hampton, and John Mack, among others. SSG
Gerhiser has performed with the Tanglewood Music Festival, Music Academy of the
West, National Repertory Orchestra, and Spoleto Festival Orchestra. SSG Gerhiser has
appeared as soloist with the Savannah Symphony, the Hilton-Head Philharmonia, the
National Repertory Orchestra, The New World Symphony, and the US Army Orchestra.
Prior to joining the Strolling Strings, SSG Gerhiser spent four years in Miami, Florida,
playing with the New World Symphony, where she met her husband, Gene. SSG
Gerhiser loves exploring DC with her husband, two boys, Caleb and Tyler, and Odie.