Bach Suite No. 2
Hiking in the GC River Trip
Ollie the Chocolate Lab at 6 months old.
Bach Suite No. 2
Goes by: Miss Kat, Kat or Kathryn
Kathryn Kibbe is a very bright musician, always eager to learn new things and also eager to teach. Kathryn started playing the violin when she was 9 years old and eventually switched to the viola at age 13. After a year or so playing the viola in her youth symphony, she made the official switch to the viola as her primary instrument.
Kathryn received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Central Washington University in 2015 where she studied with Timothy Betts. She then went on to complete her Master's Degree in Viola Performance at Bowling Green State University in 2018 under the tutelage of Matthew McBride-Daline.
Through her private lessons, Kathryn gives her students advice on how to practice efficiently and effectively, how to play without pain, how to address pain during practice, as well as how to have a fun time while practicing. Taking lessons with Kathryn isn't just about learning to play the violin or viola. Students will obtain skills in time management, perseverance, responsibility, taking initiative, preparedness, and respect.
Currently, Kathryn enjoys taking on both violin and viola students of all ages, beginning level through advanced. When Kathryn isn't teaching or playing with different symphonies, she enjoys spending time with her significant other, Jesse, and their pup Ollie. In free time, Jesse and Kathryn go fishing, hiking and take Ollie for walks.
Goes by: Miss Stella or Stella
Stella began playing classical guitar at the age of 13. She took her first lessons at Yayasan Pendidikan Musik, a private music school in Jakarta, Indonesia. She fell in love with music and the classical guitar in large part because of the influence of her dedicated teacher, Oliver Pletcher. In her own teaching, she consistently reflects on the powerful and positive impact a teacher can have on a student because of the influence Mr. Pletcher had on her.
Stella’s students have ranged in age from 4 to 70, and she enjoys teaching students of all ages. Stella has taken Suzuki Guitar teacher training in order to better meet the needs of young students. Likewise, she has studied traditional classical guitar methods and enjoys teaching teens and adults using respected and established methods. She values an engaging teaching approach that motivates and equips students to succeed.
As a way of staying connected with musicians in her home country of Indonesia, Stella has been teaching weekly online masterclasses to young classical guitarists through the Indonesian Classical Guitarist Community (ICGC).
Stella received her bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Washington where she studied with Michael Partington. She has performed in master classes presented by the Seattle Classic Guitar Society, Northwest Guitar Festival, New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes and the Guitar Foundation of America.
In addition to music and teaching, Stella loves math, numbers, and has a degree in Business and Accounting. She also loves travelling, cooking, and walking outside with her cat, Groucho.