Katharine Bestvater is a Teaching Artist with Sistema New Brunswick where she teaches cello to children from Saint John’s at-risk communities and performs occasionally with Sistema’s talented staff. Hailing originally from Saskatchewan, Katie completed her Master of Music in Performance at the University of Western Ontario. At Western, she discovered a passion for working with contemporary composers that culminated in an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for composer-performer collaboration. Katie is a member of the American Federation of Musicians-Local 815 and the American String Teacher’s Association. She performs regularly with Symphony New Brunswick and is enjoying recent collaborations with local singer-songwriters.