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Musician Spotlights - Kathleen Strahm, Violin

Musician Spotlights - Kathleen Strahm, Violin
By Musician Spotlights • Issue #26 • View online
You’ve seen her as Assistant Concertmaster in Masterworks 1 & 3, and now we’re spotlighting her: Kathleen Strahm!

Question 1: Could you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in Southern Oregon, yet spent about 15 years away at school, eventually earning a Doctorate of Music in Violin Performance from Arizona State University. While I perform when I can, I’m also a music expert for a college level textbook company and also work in social media management.
Question 2: What brought or inspired you to pursue violin? If you’d like to share one of your favorite pieces of music as well, I’d like to know!
I’ve always wanted to be a violinist for as long as I can remember, but the story goes that my parents brought my sisters and I to the symphony and had us each pick an instrument to play as a backup in case we finished high school and didn’t know what to pursue in college. I picked the harp, but I think my parents asked for a second choice so they wouldn’t have to lug around an instrument that big. I played in the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon throughout my childhood, which helped ingrain that passion for music. Favorite piece? Probably not anyone else’s cup of tea, but I really love Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto.
Question 3: What do you enjoy most about being with the Rogue Valley Symphony?
I really enjoy seeing it grow and change through the few years I’ve played with RVS. Rehearsals are getting more efficient and the repertoire is getting more challenging; it’s a joy to be a part of it!
Question 4: What do you do when you’re not playing music i.e. what are your hobbies or interests?
I’m a bit of a couch potato plus marathon runner! I’ve completed five so far, and hope to complete two more this next year. I also enjoy old black and white films and reading.
Question 5: Finally, one unusual fact, story, or tidbit about you or your instrument?  
My violin is on the newer side, made in 1997, so the varnish is still quite soft. The year I got it, I was running through the Bruch Violin Concerto for the YSSO concerto competition and accidently stabbed the side of the instrument with the tip of my bow when my eyes were closed. I had that small hole in my violin for several years, but eventually got it patched up before graduate school.
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