Cathedral Conservatory Music and Lecture Series

 "The History of the Violin in Church Music"

Dr. Catherine Skokan, Presenter


Sunday April 23, 2017

3:00 PM – 4:00PM

Free Parking at K of C Hall 16th and Grant

Reception to Follow

The development of the violin as an instrument will be discussed and how it has been used in the liturgy over the ages.  It will feature music of Corelli, Mozart, and the Cathedral’s Music Director and Composer in Residence: Dr. Robert Klimek.


Although Dr. Catherine Skokan has her degrees in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, she has studied music, especially violin, as long as she can remember.  Her major violin teachers are Edward Haines and Paul Primus.  She has been a church musician for over twenty years.  She plays chamber music with a string quartet and piano trio for events and for pleasure.  Also, she is a member of the Southwest Musicians who play traditional folk music from Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico.  As well as the violin, she plays bassoon and erhu, a traditional Chinese instrument and is active with each of these instruments in the band, orchestra and Chinese band at the Colorado School of Mines.  She was the founding director of the orchestra at Mines and now sits in the violin section enjoying playing with the students.    Dr. Skokan has taught numerous classes that combine engineering and science with music.