Katerina Banks

INTERESTS: Member of the Lewis Honors College, UK Symphony Orchestra, Celtic fiddling and Klezmer
HOMETOWN: Sterling, Virginia

I was born in Rochester, New York but grew up in a northern Virginia suburb of Washington, DC. I am the oldest of five siblings in a family where everyone plays at least one instrument. I am a lifelong violinist and lover of orchestral and vocal music of many eras and styles. I was initially drawn to UK because of their world-famous program in active Latin (spoken and written), but was delighted to find so many opportunities available to me in the School of Music and College of Fine Arts as well. I first became interested in the violin after seeing the movie "Music of the Heart" at two years old. My parents found me a teacher when I was three, and I have loved the instrument ever since. My musical involvement at UK has included private violin study and participation in UKSO and a chamber ensemble as well as classes in music history and theory. I am also glad to participate in other CFA course offerings such as Theatre and Art History. In addition to my formal studies in music, I am interested in American, Celtic, and French fiddling styles, folk music from around the world, and music composition. I am also an avid student of languages, namely Latin, ancient Greek, French, and American Sign Language. I believe that interdisciplinary studies - both within the arts and between the arts and other disciplines - open an amazing number of opportunities for undergraduate students and prepare them well for rich and nuanced cultural conversations in the future.


From the moment I finished my UK School of Music audition in early 2016, I knew that I wanted to call CFA my musical home during my undergraduate experience. CFA has proved to be just that, offering me community and camaraderie both in and outside of class with students from many artistic disciplines. I am excited to give back to the College of Fine Arts in my role as a Student Ambassador and help foster as welcoming an atmosphere as I experienced here in 2016.

Music Performance
Liberal Arts with a Modern & Classical Languages minor