Evergreen Chamber Orchestra is extremely fortunate to have highly talented and skilled musicians among its roster. Our Principals are leaders within the orchestra who guide their respective sections with regards to phrasing, articulation, dynamics, and structure – taking direction from and collaborating with our Music Director William Hill to ensure the highest level of artistic excellence. Read more about these amazing musicians below!



Katherine Thayer has been concertmaster of Evergreen Chamber Orchestra since 2001. In addition, she is concertmaster of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra (13 years) and performs with Inside the Orchestra (31 years), bringing music to school children. Katherine also enjoys her performances with her group Voice of the Wood Chamber Players who are heard frequently at ECO recitals and DPO’s Dazzle Jazz Club performances.

Katherine was principal 2nd violin and soloist with the former Denver Chamber Orchestra, JoAnne Falletta, conductor. She enjoyed performing for five summers at both the Colorado Music Festival and Grand Teton Music Festivals.

Prior to moving to Colorado in 1984, Katherine was an Assistant Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Eastern New Mexico University where she performed as violinist in the Raphael Piano Trio. Her violin studies include a Masters Degree from Michigan State University when the Juilliard Quartet was in residence, and European studies with Zino Francescatti, Christian Ferras and Alberto Lysy.

She held positions in the first violin sections of the Kamarata Lysy, the Wurttembergishes Kammer Orchertre and the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg touring frequently throughout Europe and the Philippines. She will be returning to Europe this October as part of an exchange program with the Bayerische Philharmone in Munich. She looks forward to seeing Salzburg again after so many years.

Katherine delights in watching her daughter Ayla’s professional dance performances and playing chamber music with close friends.