Cathy began piano lessons at the age of six, but quickly got bored. Her parents sold the piano when her mother found her lying on the piano stool trying to play with her toes! In spite of the early set back, she found her love for music through marching band and high school choir and began to seriously study piano.
She enrolled in the music program of West Virginia Wesleyan College, a small private college in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. There she studied piano, voice, music theory and history and choral conducting. She holds a bachelors degree in music with an applied major in piano.