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Kathy Haid Berry, Second Violin

Kathy Haid Berry received her Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory. As a fellowship student at Tanglewood, she performed under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, Trevor Pinnock and Seiji Ozawa, among others. Berry has extensive chamber music experience including many performances as guest artist at Yellow Barn, and as a touring artist and teacher throughout Costa Rica with her piano trio. She was a featured soloist during her summer as a member of the National Repertory Orchestra and also has been heard many times as soloist with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Union Symphony, Medical Arts Symphony, among others. Berry currently serves as a second violin with the Kansas City Symphony and is the former Kansas City Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster. She lives in Kansas City with her husband, Todd, and daughter, Jackie.

Ten questions about me:

What is your earliest musical memory?

I started piano in 2nd grade and I really loved playing, but NOT practicing!

How did you choose your instrument?

My sister, Sue, had started on violin and then quit so it was lying around the house and my Dad wanted me to play violin so he wouldn't have to buy another instrument.

When did you know you wanted to be a professional musician?

I don't think it was a conscious decision until I was in high school (even though I started the violin at age 10) and it just seemed like I wasn't as interested in anything in the same way that I was interested in music.

What is your favorite thing about performing music?

It's always new, a different audience, a different conductor and I'm at a different point in my life.

What is the most challenging work for your instrument?

It's hard to play the simplest and the most complicated things well.

Other than your Kansas City Symphony concerts, where else can audiences catch you performing in town?

I've limited my performing to the KC Symphony due to an arm injury but I really miss it.

What songs/albums are in your iPod/MP3 Player/CD Player right now?

Could be Ella Fitzgerald, Brahms Sextets, or piano trios of Mendelssohn, Brahms, or Tony Bennett.

Who is your most inspiring composer?

So many great composers, and it usually is whoever I'm performing at the moment unless I'm really NOT enjoying the particular piece we're working on!

What is the best part about being a musician in the Kansas City Symphony?

We're always evolving as an orchestra and I think that it's just going to get better and better.

What is your most memorable performance with the Kansas City Symphony?

The next one.