Katharine read music at the University of Melbourne and completed graduate studies in performance. As a young conductor she studied with John Hopkins OBE, Mark Heron, Benjamin Northey, Gergely Madaras and Clark Rundell. She made her debut with Lyric Opera of Melbourne in 2009 and has since conducted in a variety of contexts in both Australia and the UK.
From 2014-17 Katharine was the Director of Music & Bye-Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, where she taught conducting to students from across the University. She also founded the Young Women’s Conducting Workshops in collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Society, aimed at supporting young female musicians 12-15 years old to build the skills needed to break in to conducting.
Her research interests are in orchestral interaction, gesture, and cognition and the intersectionality of composition. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne. Katharine teaches conducting privately and works with leading girls' schools in Melbourne on conducting workshops.