Katrina Chitty, a native of Langley, BC, joined the Vancouver Symphony viola section in 2019. Katrina originally began her musical education on the violin at age four - and only a couple years later, became one of the youngest members to join the Surrey Junior Strings. This early introduction to orchestral life inspired her throughout her musical studies, and several years later she was accepted at the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud in France to further her musical education. Following that, Katrina attended Wilfrid Laurier University for her bachelor’s degree, studying with Jerzy Kaplenek. Finding that a switch to viola better suited her, Katrina then completed her master's degree at McGill University under the direction of André Roy. She spent a year performing chamber music around the world on cruise ships with her quartet, and then spent several years freelancing in Toronto with the Toronto Symphony, National Ballet, and Canadian Opera Company. Katrina is now happy to call Vancouver her home. When not on stage, Ms. Chitty serves as a Logistics Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves.