Natalie Koob, Camp Faculty
Violin teacher Classical, Fiddle/Jazz
Natalie began fiddling at the age of 4, and entered her first fiddle contest at age 6. In 1997, she won the Small Fry division at the National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest. Since then, she has won many contests including the Montana State Fiddle Contest, and most recently the Young Adult Division at the Colorado State Fiddle Championships in January 2012. Starting in 2007, Natalie grew a strong passion for Irish music, and in 2011 released “Fiddle and Flute”, a traditional Irish music album. She will be returning for the fourth year this summer to teach Celtic fiddling at the Montana State Fiddle Camp.
In addition to fiddling, Natalie began her classical violin studies at age 6. She went on to get a bachelor degree in violin performance from the University of Northern Colorado in 2011. While there, she was the first freshman to have ever won the university’s concerto competition, and also received the prestigious Presser Award in 2010. Natalie has been accepted into many chamber music festivals including the Madeline Island Music Camp, Gold Coast Music Festival, Rio International Cello Encounter, and Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program.
Ms. Koob currently lives in Breckenridge, Colorado, where she has a large teaching studio, and is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra; she appeared as a soloist with them in March 2012. As well as performing throughout the front-range in Colorado, Natalie has traveled internationally to perform, including Brazil and Italy. While not playing music, Natalie enjoys hiking, biking, backpacking, running, fishing, snowshoeing, and skiing with her husband in the mountains.