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Kathy Haid Berry, Second Violin

Kathy Haid Berry received her Bachelor of Music Degree 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. Ms. 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 has also been heard many times as soloist with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Union Symphony, Medical Arts Symphony, among others. Ms. Berry is the former Associate Principal Second Violin of the Kansas City Symphony and former Concertmaster of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. She lives in Kansas City with her husband Todd and daughter Jackie.

Ten questions about me:

What is your hometown?

Union, New Jersey

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.

What is your Kansas City Barbecue "joint" of choice?

Q39 & Joe's KC

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.

Are you the only musician in your family?

Nope, one of my sisters was a flutist who now writes books on Italy and another sister teaches music in the public school.

When you were young, did you enjoy practicing?

Of course not, but I knew it was a necessary evil!

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 do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

Raising our beautiful, funny daughter. :)

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.