vocals, violin, viola, composer
Kathy Sierra is a classically trained violinist, and
vocalist. The California native, with a weakness
for passport usage, is also an accomplished composer,
From 1991 to 1995, Kathy performed, acted, sang, and danced for her BA degree in Drama with an emphasis on music from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. While there, in addition to picking up a perfectly winter-esque Midwest sport of collegiate springboard diving, she, her frozen hair, and her double-cased fiddle shivered their way through while serving as the Concertmistress and soloist for the College Music Ensemble. Upon graduation, Kathy was presented with the College's Francis Van Der Meid Smith Music Award for musical excellence, and the Frank Parker Theatre Award for greatest overall contribution to drama in the college theatre.
musical style took an exciting and eye-opening turn upon moving to
Berkeley, CA in 1996.
There she met violinist, producer, and composer Kaila Flexer,
a mentor to Kathy on other styles of violin playing, including
Irish and Scottish fiddle, Bulgarian folk, Klezmer and
Jazz. During this period, Kathy happily switched out of her
to play music out in the community, including performing with
Country Chamber Orchestra in Sacramento, CA, and the 1999 inaugural
The Cotati Philharmonic
2001, Kathy has actively toured both the West-coast and internationally
and has completed 7 recordings
Celtic Folk trio, Golden
Bough. In 2013, she met the
(then called 1916)
and was invited to put her musical DNA on the
album We Came to Fight, released in January, 2015.
continues to wail with them on stage
travel/teaching schedule permits.
She is also an alumnus of
San Francisco Bay's swing jazz quintet, Vive
Le Jazz, with whom
she was featured
on it's debut CD: Samois Faire. Her
newest musical project
Kathy is not out gallivanting the worlds stages in her dashing kilt,
she is passing along the love of music in her private teaching studio on violin,
guitar and whistle.
Kathy is trained in the Suzuki Violin Method, and combines teaching inspiration from Mark O'Connor, and Celtic-style instruction. For those starting out on guitar,
she teaches chord-strumming technique, combined with singing. She and hubby John live in the San Joaquin Delta and have a seriously groovy 9-yr old daughter, Savannah.
Contact Kathy at email@example.com.
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