Catherine Cary began studying the violin at age 5 in her hometown of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. Her first teachers were Julian Meyer at the Jenkintown Music School, (now the Settlement Music School), and Wolfgang Richter. Ms. Cary continued her musical studies at Temple University, with Philadelphia Orchestra violinist, Yumi Ninomiya Scott. She served as concertmaster for the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, performing solos in The Grand Canyon Suite by Grofe and Don Juan by Strauss.
In 1994, Catherine became a member of the Richmond Symphony, and was appointed 3rd chair of the 1st violins, under then music director, George Manahan. During the next several years, she served on occasion as Assistant Concertmaster and Principal Second Violin. She also performs with the Richmond Chamber Players in their August Interlude summers series. When her violin is not tucked under her chin, her time is spent with her family, husband Neal Cary, Principal Cellist of the Richmond Symphony, and their children Emma and Alan.