Kat Whitesides

Music; Strings Program

Making music has been my lifelong passion. From singing in choir, to studying piano, and learning to play the violin, I can’t remember a time that I didn’t have music in my life.  After playing as a member of the Honors String Quartet at the residential program of the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, I knew that I wanted to pursue music as a profession. I moved from sunny Clemson, South Carolina to Washington, DC in 2001, where I earned a Bachelors of Music from Catholic University. I have been actively involved in the professional music scene in DC since moving here. I freelance extensively and am currently a member of the Maryland Symphony, the Apollo Chamber Orchestra, and the first violinist of the N Street Quartet. I have taught music to people of all ages and skill levels, and I currently teach Lower, Middle, and Upper School Strings (violin, viola, cello). I have been a part of the McLean community since 2006, and I love the creative energy that the students have here at McLean!  When I’m not playing or teaching the violin, you might find me heading out for a long run, daydreaming about traveling (with my favorite travel memory being the Inca Trail in Peru), or spending time with my two children, Zeke and Kora.

K-12 College Preparatory School Supporting Bright Students’ Individual Strengths and Challenges.

McLean School is an independent, co-educational, K-12 day school serving Maryland, Washington, and Virginia. McLean has for over sixty years been helping students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. We embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges – dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and challenges related to anxiety and executive functioning. Many of our students excel in some areas while benefiting from support in others.
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