Kat Whitesides, Lower and Middle School Music Teacher at McLean School, smiles at camera

MusicKat Whitesides

My Story

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.