Catherine Branch is a passionate advocate for integrating disability advocacy and the arts. As a flutist with cerebral palsy, she holds a unique perspective on music's ability to act as an instigator of positive change. In 2008, Branch was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to research the role of art in social activism around the world. During her travels she began the Music of Difference concert project: a series of performance events whose goal is to encourage positive conversations about diversity. She graduated in 2008 from Rice University and is currently completing her master of music degree as a scholarship student at the Eastman School of Music.