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Stephanie Cathcart, Second Violin

Violinist Stephanie Cathcart joined the Kansas City Symphony in 2013 after several seasons with the Utah Symphony. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Master of Music from Boston University. While living in Boston, Cathcart studied with Bayla Keyes and performed with Boston Musica Viva, the Vermont Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, with which she toured nationally several times. Cathcart also has participated in many music festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Center and the Colorado Music Festival.

Ten questions about me:

What is a "must-have" in your fridge?

Mint chocolate chip ice cream (in the freezer, not the fridge...)

Do you have a favorite composition you like to play, or listen to?

I love Mahler 2 - both playing and listening.

If I weren't a professional musician, my occupation would be:

A yarn store owner

What is the most challenging work for your instrument?

The Bach Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin

What TV Game show do you most want to appear on?

Jeopardy

When you were young, did you enjoy practicing?

Definitely not! It is still not something I enjoy every day, but is a necessary part of my life.

Where is your favorite place to hang out?

Anywhere with my husband and 2 sons :)

Who do you consider is the most inspiring composer?

Beethoven

What is your favorite city that you've visited or lived in and why?

I absolutely love Vienna - the arts are everywhere you look.

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

Not until after undergrad, when it was time to decide between law school or continuing with music school. My dad told me that if I could imagine myself doing anything other than music, I should do that. But I couldn't imagine doing anything else!