Kati E. Harrison was born and raised in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She began her musical career at the tender age of 6 and by the age of 9, she decided Viola would be her defining instrument. She has toured with her viola to many countries including Germany, Austria, and Australia for the 2000 Winter Olympics. Ms. Harrison completed a Bachelors of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from the Jordan College of the Arts at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. While she studied at JCA, she belonged to the Butler Symphony Orchestra, JCA Composers Orchestra, and Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for Women. After Butler, Ms. Harrison completed a Masters of Music in Music Theory from The Hartt School in West Hartford, CT. Her thesis titled, “Music Structure and Rhythmic Displacement Present in Sir William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast.” While in grad school, she actively performed for the New Music Ensemble of the Hartt School. Ms. Harrison studied viola with Bette Lebovic, Keith Conant, Roland Vamos, Csaba Erdelyi, and Michael Strauss. She has taken voice lessons with John Hacker of the Chicago Lyric Opera. Her composition teachers include: Robert Ina Winstin, Frank Felice, and Michael Schelle. She is an active performer with Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, Danville Symphony Orchestra and Orkestra Projekt, as well as a substitute violist for many symphonies within the area. Harrison has been a guest Music Theory lecturer at St. Joseph College and Ball State University. She currently resides in Fishers, IN with her black cats Rossini and Fanny.