Catherine Polglase is a freelance violinist, violin teacher, conductor, and the Artistic Manager of Orchestra Central Trust in Hamilton. She studied violin at Auckland University with David Nalden, completing a BA in Music and History, and studied baroque violin with Graham McPhail (Catherine is a founding member of NZ Barok). Catherine is the leader of the Hamilton ensemble Vox Baroque that performs monthly cantatas as part of St Peter’s Cathedral Cantata Vespers. In 2017 Catherine was selected to be part of CMNZ Nelson Bach Residency working with Julliard 415 under Maasaki Suzuki. Catherine is the Associate Conductor of Youth Orchestra Waikato, Conductor of The Rusty Players Orchestra, a Suzuki violin teacher, a Suzuki Early Childhood Educator, and is the writer, music selector, and narrator of NZ Barok’s highly successful Baby Baroque Free Kids’ Concerts.