modern + baroque violin, educator, arranger
Originally from Windsor, Ontario, Kathryn is an active & versatile freelance violinist and educator on Vancouver Island. Her passionate and intuitive musicianship has brought her the opportunity to perform with distinguished ensembles around Canada and the USA. Currently, she performs with the Victoria Symphony, Victoria Baroque Players, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and Sidney Classical Orchestra. She studied at the University of Toronto and University of Michigan under the tutelage of Yehonatan Berick as a merit scholar. During this time, she served as concertmaster in University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and was a finalist in the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Competition. Over the years, she has brought her talent various music festivals, including the Vancouver Bach Festival, Berwick Academy at the Oregon Bach Festival, Brott Music Festival, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Domaine Forget, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and Interlochen Centre for the Arts. As a busy entrepreneur, Kathryn is the owner, creative director, and avid arranger of Cascadia Quartet & ensembles, a highly sought-after, award-winning professional event music company, as well as a concert quartet, providing live music from Victoria to Whistler and everywhere in between. Through this initiative, she has collaborated and performed with artists such as Colin James and Russian Red. Kathryn can also be heard on the album, “La riche canadienne: The Music of Elinor Dunsmuir”, an exciting project which premieres a collection of post-romantic, recently-unearthed chamber works by the fascinating Canadian composer.
Kathryn is especially thankful for the numerous mentors and teachers that have helped nurture her craft, both in modern and baroque violin, including Lillian Scheirich, The Pacifica Quartet, Katheryn Votapek, The Gryphon Trio, Jeanne Lamon, Marc Destrubé, & Robert Mealy, to name a few.
As an educator, Kathryn is a private, group, & orchestral ensemble instructor and conductor to budding young violinists and pianists as young as three years old, up to all ages. Currently, she is an instructor at Silver Bow Studio, Sooke Harmony Project, and the Sooke Academy of Music String Orchestra. She has also served as an adjudicator at the Campbell River Music Week. She is eager to show students the joy of music through nurturing musicianship in each of them.