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Catie Galan

Catie began playing violin when she was 5 years old through the Suzuki method. At 13, she began taking lessons with USC’s Dr. William Terwilliger and continues studying with him as a student at USC, majoring in violin performance. She plays violin in the USC symphony orchestra and also in her band, Bellavida, which is growing in popularity in the Columbia area.

Catie has also been singing all of her life, experimenting with several genres, including  rock, pop, folk, and jazz. She began gigging with her brother Alex (Freeway guitar teacher) at 11 years old and has sung at a wide range of venues with some of Columbia’s greatest, including Don Russo, Tony Lee, Reggie Sullivan, and Mark Rapp. She has studied voice with Jessica Skinner (of Freeway Music and Prettier Than Matt) and currently studies with Freeway’s Mari Hazel. At 13 years, she also began taking guitar lessons from Don Russo and has performed in various Freeway events and showcases throughout the years.

In October of 2016, Catie worked with Kenny McWilliams of Archer Avenue Studios to release her first two EPs, one with her brother, called “Miles From Nowhere,” and one with her band, Bellavida, called “Letters to Rose.” She continues to write and perform as much as her schedule will allow.

Catie uses her diverse musical background and experience to help students reach their musical aspirations. She encourages trying new things and is committed to helping students become passionate about music.