Cato currently works full time as an audio engineer and music producer, specializing in indie cinematic pop music. She is the head engineer at Lost and Sound Foundry, a boutique studio in San Diego that she is proud to have recently opened after years of working in larger commercial studios. She still brings clients into various San Diego recording studios (other than her own) as needed, and runs an audio engineering Youtube channel. She is also very excited about some of her recent work as a content creator performing collaborations with companies like Produce Like A Pro, Splice Music, Antares (makers of Autotune), Zzounds, and Tascam (among others).
She is currently attending Columbia University, getting straight A’s while earning a masters in Music and Music Education at Teachers College (expected to graduate in Spring 2024). She has also recently begun working for Columbia University as an applied studio music instructor, teaching digital composition and audio engineering to a few students each term.
In terms of past work, Cato has a wide range of experience in the audio industry. She has 20 years of audio engineering experience, and has been working full time as an audio engineer since 2010. She has worked in post production, on big budget advertising with clients including Cheerios, Weight Watchers, and Cadillac. She has performed as A1 at numerous live sound venues, including the La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Repertory Theater. Her live sound experience also includes working on broadway shows and as front of house engineer for the Russian Ballet. Before deciding to move to San Diego, Cato also functioned as studio manager of the Fortune Recording Studio at Connecticut College, and as the sole recording engineer for the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. She has worked as recording engineer for music performance professors from Yale, The United States Coast Guard, and StoryCorps. She taught the audio course at Platt College for over 8 years, and has also done extensive work with inner city students as part of Music 4 Peace San Diego, and in collaboration with Playing For Change and the United Nations.
She is proficient on many instruments, and has had years of formal training in percussion, piano, and flute. She was a Music Peace Team Member of the International Day of Peace NGO committee at the United Nations, and a host for Pro Studio Live, a live television show that brings accomplished engineers, producers, and musicians into the studio to learn about their process. In her current city of San Diego, California she has worked at Capricorn Studios, Studio West (with clients like The Arctic Monkeys, Melissa Etheridge, Deepak Chopra, and the A Way With Words podcast), Signature Sound Studios (working with Pro Studio Live, and dozens of Grammy winners), and Rarefied Recording.
Cato has worked in a variety of venues, including many recording studios and theaters: