Kathleen (Kathy) Murphy Kemp is the Assistant Principal Cello of your RPO. Originally from Auburn, Kathy joined us in 1977. An Eastman graduate, Kathy finished her studies with a Master’s in Performance & Literature. She later joined the Eastman faculty as an Assistant Professor of Orchestral Studies. When she’s not in an RPO rehearsal, Kathy is in her studio at Hochstein School of Music, where she co-founded the chamber music program. Up to 52 students are involved in her cello studio!
After working with the orchestra for 42 years, Kathy has a relatively standard pre-concert ritual. She prepares for programs by learning the first measure via recordings to figure out fingerings and bowings, starting under tempo and slowly working up to performance speed. On concert nights, however, Kathy retains her cool. That is unless she’s sitting principal and has a big solo! Usually, she’s often in her studio teaching up to an hour before the concerts.
Music indeed runs in the family. Her husband, Randy, is the facilities director at Hochstein; their daughter, Megan, a violinist, also teaches there. Michael, their son, is the principal timpanist of the Winnipeg Symphony (and a hockey player). And Kathy’s mother, Georgia, is an Eastman graduate!
For the past four decades, Kathy has devoted herself to the community as an instructor and musician. It’s the same devotion your RPO has made for nearly a century. From our concerts in Kodak Hall to programs throughout our region, the RPO continues its mission to inspire, educate, and engage audiences through the art of music.
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