Catherine Louise (Hering) Jensen was born on February 13, 1926. Catherine's father was Karl A. Hering, with whom she was always close. When she could find time away from her studies and many performance groups, Catherine often visited with her father, whether it was to go ice-skating, or just to have dinner together.
Catherine also has ancestral ties to Denmark and Germany, which she has tried to develop throughout her life. By visiting these countries and doing her best to remain close to her relatives that live there she was able to foster life long relationships. Catherine speaks fluent German, which would prove to be an asset to her life, and open many doors for her throughout her careers in music and teaching.