Originally from Perth, WA, Catherine graduated with the Performance Prize from the Canberra School of Music, studying with Donald Westlake, after which she received a Churchill Fellowship to study in Europe and the USA with Hans Deinzer, Anthony Pay, John McCaw, Guy Deplus, Gervase de Peyer and Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr. In 1986 Catherine became principal clarinettist in the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, subsequently taking up positions at the WA Conservatorium of Music as a member of Ensemble Vasse, and at the Victorian College of the Arts, before joining the Australia Ensemble @UNSW in 1995.
Catherine has performed as a soloist and guest principal clarinettist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and most Australian Symphony Orchestras. Since 1993 she has had an association with the ACO as principal clarinettist and toured with the orchestra to the USA and Europe in 2010. Catherine is also currently Associate Principal Clarinettist with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. She has performed regularly at major Australian chamber music festivals and toured nationally with other accomplished chamber groups such as Selby and Friends (Trioz) and the Australian String Quartet.
Catherine's premiere performance of Nigel Westlake's Rare Sugar for solo clarinet and ensemble, commissioned for the Australia Ensemble, led to a 2008 APRA/ AMC Award for the best performance of an Australian work. Her recording of the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms with her colleagues of the Australia Ensemble was highly acclaimed in ABC 24 Hours magazine.