Katherine Liesener has played French horn for 15 years, performing primarily in the central Illinois area. She has played with Opera Illinois, the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, and the Danville Symphony Orchestra. She has also played in numerous pit orchestras, for shows varying from The Wiz to Cabaret. Liesener has additional experience playing with brass and woodwind quintets and other chamber ensembles.
In 1999, she won a solo competition with the Prairie Wind Ensemble of Peoria, Illinois, in an open field of several different instrumentalists. She has performed as a soloist both in recitals and for church services. Liesener has taught horn lessons to students from middle school to high school, and led master classes for high school students.