Cathy A. Ogram was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, a graduate of Youngstown State University's prestigious Dana School of Music.
Cathy was a career clarinetist with the U.S. Army Field Band, in Washington, the nation's premiere touring concert band. During her time with the Army Field Band, she was a Soloist on several occasions, Training NCO, Clinician, member of the Woodwind Quintet, frequent performer on the chamber music series, founder and NCOIC of the Educational Outreach Ensemble "The Woodwind Ambassadors." She also participated in the International Clarinet Association’s Orchestral Competition as a 4-time semi-finalist, and 2nd place winner, in her spare time.
After leaving the military, Ms Ogram became the Music Director for Hargrave Military Academy, as well as Principal Clarinetist with the Danville Symphony where she was a featured soloist with the orchestra on several occasions. At Hargrave Military Academy, Ms Ogram was awarded the Founder's Award for Teaching Excellence.
During the summers of 2007-2009, Ms Ogram served as the Clarinet Instructor and Chamber Music Coach for the Army School of Music, located at the Joint Expeditionary Force Base, Ft Story, training military clarinetists to be awarded their occupational specialties.
Ms Ogram moved to Norfolk in 2009 to get her Masters Degree from Old Dominion University, graduating summa cum laude. While at ODU, she became the Clarinet Instructor and Chamber Music Coach for the Governor School for the Arts, giving her the opportunity to work with some of the most talented students in the area. Ms Ogram is also the Clarinet + Sax Instructor for Music + Arts in Virginia Beach, and works at Old Dominion University.
Ms Ogram performs with the Tidewater Winds, the Virginia Wind Symphony, the Williamsburg Symphonia, Omega Studio's Washington Winds and serves as the Virginia State Chair for the International Clarinet Association.