Called by the Sacramento Bee a “fresh presence and welcome addition” to the Sacramento music scene, flutist Dr. Cathie Apple is one of the founders of Citywater new music ensemble. She is a regular performer at the Music at Noon concert series, and plays with the Sacramento Baroque soloists, Camerata Capistrano baroque ensemble, Celtic groups Cahersiveen and Lady of the Lake, and is the principal flutist with the Townsend Opera Players.
An avid supporter of new music, Cathie has commissioned and/ or premiered many works for flute and various chamber ensembles, has collaborated with composers such as Steve Mackey and Sunny Knable, and regularly performs on the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento. She also established a bi-monthly concert series featuring Citywater and guests performing recently-composed music.
She maintains a private teaching studio in Sacramento and is the flute instructor at the Sacramento School of Music, the Pacific Institute of Music, and Northridge Music Center. Previous appointments include second flutist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and adjunct faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Southern Utah University. While in Las Vegas, Cathie founded NEXTET new music ensemble, and performed with them at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Cathie earned her Doctorate from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Amy Porter. While in Michigan, Cathie also taught at Interlochen Arts Camp and was the yoga instructor for Amy Porter’s Anatomy of Sound workshop.
In June 2008, Cathie attended the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto, where she studied traverso with Claire Guimond. She has continued her traverso studies with Louise Carslake.
Cathie is playing on a Rod Cameron traverso, modeled after a Bressan from 1730’s London, on loan from the San Francisco Early Music Society.
In addition to maintaining a busy teaching and performing schedule, Cathie is a fitness instructor, and enjoys participating in triathlons and going on trail runs with her one-eyed wonder dog, Ichi.