Katelyn Petersen is a sophomore at Southern Methodist University, pursuing majors in Cello Performance and Composition. She studies under cello professor, Andrés Díaz. Katelyn grew up in San Antonio and has been involved with music since age 3. Katelyn studied piano for 11 years, violin for 3 years, and is going on her 10th year playing the cello. She found her connection with cello very quickly, with her grandmother being her source of inspiration. Katelyn's grandmother was a professor at the Olivet College-Conservatory of Music in Michigan, teaching cello, piano, music theory, and composition. Ever since her grandmother passed away at the age of 102, Katelyn has been performing on her grandmother's cello.
Katelyn has performed with various orchestras including SMU Meadows Symphony Orchestra, YOSA (Youth Orchestras of San Antonio), Sewanee Summer Music Festival Orchestra, as well as playing side by side with the San Antonio Symphony.
Katelyn also enjoys expressing herself through music composition. She began composing music in the 7th grade and submitted a piece that won honorable mention at state level. Katelyn always loves to perform to make her grandmother proud, as well as convey her passion for music to those around her.