Catherine Lehr Ramos relinquished her position with the St. Louis Symphony in the fall of 2013 to pursue a more active teaching and solo career. For 38 years she was Assistant Principal Cello with the St. Louis Symphony, and as such frequently performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the St. Louis area. Previously, she was principal cello with the Xalapa Symphony in Mexico and with the San Diego Symphony. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. As a member of Trio Cassatt, Ms. Lehr recorded string trios by Reger and Taneiev. She also is the featured cello soloist on Chuck Mangione’s album Land of Make Believe.
With degrees from Indiana University and the Eastman School of Music, Ms. Lehr completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in May of 2016. Her teachers have included Janos Starker, Ronald Leonard, Carter Enyeart, and Peter Howard. Ms. Lehr has served on the jury of the National Cello Competition in Monterrey, Mexico. She has been a presenter at National ASTA conferences and at the First International Symposium on Latin American Music in Blacksburg, Virginia. She was named Missouri's 2008 Artist Teacher of the Year by the Missouri String Teachers’ Association. In 2013 Ms. Lehr was granted the Owen Miller Award by the St. Louis Musicians' Union, Local 2-197, for service, fairness, and contributions to the music profession.