Catherine Gagnon is an active conductor, music educator, and performer of French horn and piano in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island and native to Chicopee, Massachusetts. A resident of Kingston, RI, she operates a small bed & breakfast in the historic village while continuing her professional work in music. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Ms. Gagnon holds both a Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Music Education with concentrations in French horn and Instrumental Conducting. Catherine has worked extensively in non-profit arts administration as well as various facets of music education for grades Pre-K through college. She became the Music Director and Conductor of the Warwick Symphony Orchestra during the spring of 2011.
As a conductor, Ms. Gagnon has led many select adjudicated student ensembles as part of the Ocean State Youth Orchestra Program from 2000-2006, the 2003 RI Junior All-State Orchestra, the 2004 and 2008 Connecticut Eastern Regional Middle School Festival Orchestra, the 2016 Connecticut Northern Regional Festival Orchestra, and the 2010 Massachusetts Western, 2012 Massachusetts Northeastern, and 2016 Massachusetts Southeastern District Junior Festival Orchestras. She also served as an assistant conductor with the West Bay Chorale, the URI Symphony Orchestra, and the URI Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Also a private studio instructor, Ms. Gagnon works as an Instrumental Music Director for the Paul Effman Music Service, teaching in private schools across RI including St. Philip’s- Greenville, St. Luke’s- Barrington, St. Cecelia’s- Pawtucket, St. Peter’s- Warwick, Father Doyle- Coventry, Monsignor Clarke- Wakefield, All Saints Academy- Middletown, and St. Pius X- Westerly. She also teaches as an adjunct faculty member of the Community College of RI Performing Arts Department with coursework in Warwick and Newport.
As a performer of both French horn and piano, Ms. Gagnon has been involved in performances throughout the region and in southern France. Locally, she has been involved in performances by the Ocean State Chamber Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, Fall River Symphony Orchestra, the college-community Symphony and Symphonic Wind Ensemble at the University of Rhode Island, The American Band, Milford Concert Band, and Pioneer Valley Concert Band. She has performed as part of theatrical and operatic performances with organizations such as Ocean State Lyric Opera/Opera Providence, the Little Theater of Fall River and Brown University Opera Productions and chamber music performances with ensembles on the URI University Artists Series, chamber concerts at the Community College of Rhode Island, and a series of performances in the Alps de Haute Provence with Les Femmes Internationales. In Europe, Ms. Gagnon has also performed traditional music with an ensemble of Alp horn players from Switzerland and she has traveled to perform and offer educational workshops in Belize City, Central America.