From a young age, Katelyn McClinton always held an interest in music. Her parents, both musicians themselves, introduced her to classical music as she grew up. At the age of 9, she began taking violin classes through her school. A year later, she began lessons with Karen Lauffer and studied with her for 4 years.
In her high school years, Katelyn then studied with Dr. Courtney Orlando, who was her primary teacher until high school graduation. Towards the end of her high school career, decided that she would continue her music education through college. In the fall of 2011, Katelyn attended The Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College, studying with Dr. Yeon-Su Kim. Throughout her 4 years at Gettysburg, Katelyn participated and performed in groups like the Gettysburg College Symphony Orchestra, Metta Ensemble, and Sunderman Strings, which included a performance in New York City.
Thanks to the years spent at college, Katelyn has a major interest in chamber music and hopes to continue performing chamber music in her career. She has attended music festivals throughout numerous summers, including the International Music Institute and Festival in Maryland and the InterHarmony Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy. Katelyn has a Bachelor’s in Music Performance from the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College and a Master’s of Music Performance from Towson University. She has also studied with John Eaken, Grammy-nominated violinist and former concertmaster of the York Symphony. She is currently a private violin instructor in the York, PA area, giving violin lessons to beginning, intermediate and advanced students. Katelyn has also performed with the West Shore Symphony Orchestra in the Central PA area and is currently a member of the Hanover Symphony Orchestra. In 2018, Katelyn joined the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra. She is the founder of Stravaganza Piano Trio.
When not performing music, Katelyn enjoys writing stories and diving into her imagination as a hobby. She is currently working on a fantasy novel in her spare time.