As a professional accordionist Katheryn Petersen is a contemporary game changer. She has studied traditional forms on the accordion including Tango, Roma, Blues, Classical, Americana music and more, but she has also devoted countless hours to developing and mastering a useable system for playing jazz chords in both hands and has innovated techniques for effecting and amplifying the instrument. She has worked as a session player for indy artists as well as for Theatre, Film and TV. She enjoys teaching a range of students, is an active board member of the Jam Camp Society, and is the artistic director of the Accordion Noir Society.
As a teacher she respects and encourages her students to find their own way of relating to the instrument, while still passing along the priceless fundamentals that she learned while studying full time for three years with Croatian classical virtuoso Jelena Milojevic during her studies at VCC in the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program. As a teacher, player and yogi, Katheryn is fascinated by the importance of body and mind awareness in the process of learning and of creating.
Katheryn has been offering private lessons for eight years.
Katheryn has been the accordion facilitator at JAM CAMP every summer since 2012. Jam Camp is an innovative music camp that offers an opportunity for the whole family to immerse themselves in a week long celebration of music and community.
“It is difficult to get away with doing something different on the accordion, but every time you see her she is breaking in a different ‘different’.” – Rowan Lipkovitz, Accordion Noir Festival, Vancouver
“Her cohesive act included the visual aspect of her costume and engaged the audience with a wide variety of music, maintaining a nostalgic and magical mood well suited to the tone of the event. I, as event organizer, as well as the audience, enjoyed her act immensely.” – Susan Marczak, Eastside Culture Crawl Organizer
“Her professionalism was valued and she brought a special touch to the material that gave it real life for the audiences. The flair she brings to her performances, both through costume and presence, are a great asset to have on board.” – Joanna Chapman-Smith
“My favorite performer of the evening.” – Penelope Mulligan, Discorder