Kathryn Hershberger

Kathryn Hershberger holds a B.M. in viola performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  Her teachers have included Mimi Zweig, Rostaslav Dubinsky, Csaba Erdélyi, Jerry Horner, Stacia Spencer, and Eleanor Briccetti.  After serving as director of the violin program at the Indianapolis Academy of Music, she is very excited about fulfilling a dream of hers in running her own private studio.  She believes the private studio model will help her focus more on her students’ individual needs in an efficient and supportive environment.  She is a member of both ASTA and the American Suzuki Association.  Her students have been finalists and placed in area concerto competitions.  They have attended Interlochen, Blue Lake, Suzuki Summer Institutes, Indiana University Summer String Academy; held concert master positions in NWYO; participated in Indiana All-State Orchestra; participated in ISSMA contest; and performed at MENC.

From 1997-2009 Kathy worked for the Indianapolis Academy of Music as a violin and viola teacher.  For the last several years she was the director of the violin program for the IAM, and under her direction the violin program grew tremendously.  In the past, she was a violin instructor for the Indiana University String Academy, a chamber coach and teaching assistant for the Indiana University Summer String Academy, and a teacher for the Bedford Young Violinist Program. 

Kathy is the principal violist of the Kokomo Symphony and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra.  She is also a founding member of the Fishers Chambers Players, and is a substitute violist for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.  She also enjoys playing with many local chamber groups and is very active in playing for weddings, business functions, private parties, and special events.  In addition, Kathy occasionally plays in the recording studio.  

An avid lover of chamber music, Kathy plays as frequently as possible.  In August of 2009 she performed a concert in Peru, Indiana to raise money for The Peru Rotary Club’s “Shoes That Fit” Benefit Concert.  She will also be performing this season as part of two quintet recitals for the All Saints Episcopal Church recital series; one in October, and the other in February. Previous chamber music highlights include a performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with the University of Wyoming Chamber Orchestra in 2000, performing two chamber music concerts with Pianist Robert Cassidy in 2006 and 2007, and performing a quartet concert with the Miranda String Quartet as part of the Kokomo Symphony's chamber music series.
Kathy has held leadership positions in several regional orchestras, including: assistant principal violist of the Marion Symphony Orchestra; assistant and interim principal violist of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra; and guest principal of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.  She has played with the Indiana University Festival Orchestra, participating in the Indiana University Summer Festival.  

An adjunct faculty member at Butler University, Kathy teaches violin and viola pedagogy.  She has: been a judge for the Indiana Wesleyan/Taylor University Concerto competition; judge for Symphony in Color; run seating auditions and viola sectionals for the Indiana All-State Orchestra; been a chamber coach for New World Chamber Music program; and been a speaker at the ASTA 2004 National Conference.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two girls, homeschooling  her oldest daughter, photography, knitting, running, learning more about health and nutrition, and reading as much as possible about the things that interest her.

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