Bio: Cathy Britell|
Cathy grew up in Minnesota, graduated in 1969 from Occidental College
as a biology/music major, and played clarinet for awhile as a studio
musician in Los Angeles. She then went to medical school, and met and
married her husband Jon when they were interns at LA County Hospital.
After a career in Rehabilitation Medicine and raising two sons, she
embarked on her second musical career, and now plays autoharp,
clarinet, hammered dulcimer, whistles, bowed psaltery, and bass. She
won the 2005 International Autoharp Championship, as well as a number
of other national and international competitions. She has been
described as "a unique and impressive stylist" and "the most lyrical
autoharp player ever". Cathy has taught and performed at the Mountain
Laurel Autoharp Gathering, Willamette Valley Autoharp Gathering, Sore
Fingers Week in England, Northwest Folklife Festival, Ozark Folk
Center Autoharp Jamboree, and California Autoharp Gathering. She
co-founded and teaches at the successful Seattle Autoharp Week, now in
its 6th year. She also teaches autoharp, pennywhistle and singing at
the Dusty Strings Music School is Seattle, and authored the popular
beginners' book, "It's An Autoharp: A very first beginner's guide to
autoharp playing." Cathy loves teaming up with friends for concerts
and old-time dances, and teaching autoharp at all levels and as well
as basic musical skills, music theory, and vocal harmony techniques.
To see a more complete offering of Cathy's musical and literary efforts please visit Cathy's website!