Prof. Katja Yeager

Katie Yeager

Katja Yeager is an active orchestral player, chamber musician, studio musician, and dedicated teacher. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ms. Yeager earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Viola Performance as a student of Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey. She currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Violin and Viola at Tennessee State University. She teaches Applied Violin, Applied Viola, and Music Appreciation classes.

Ms. Yeager’s orchestral experience as a leader and section player includes performances with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Verbier Festival Orchestra, New World Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, and Canton Symphony. She has performed under distinguished conductors such as Manfred Honeck, Valery Gergiev, Lahav Shani, Matthias Pintscher, Theodore Kuchar, and Fabio Luisi; and with internationally recognized soloists such as Kristof Barati, Joshua Bell, Renaud Capucon, Jinjoo Cho, Joelle Harvey, and Golda Schultz. In addition to her Proms debut at Royal Albert Hall in 2013 as a member of the inaugural National Youth Orchestra of the United States, Katja toured Southeast Asia with the Lincoln Center Stage Piano Quintet aboard the MS Westerdam in 2019. Previous years have seen Ms. Yeager performing chamber music at private events, community concerts, and at American music festivals including the Castleman Quartet Program, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival as a fellowship recipient.

As a Nashville studio musician, Ms. Yeager has collaborated with renowned film composers including Aaron Zigman, Bear McCreary, and Trevor Morris; for companies such as Sony, Apple Studios, and Netflix. In addition to her work at Tennessee State University, Ms. Yeager is on faculty at Belmont Academy and is a performing member of the Nashville Chamber Music Society. Contact: (615) 963-2503 Office PASB 26