Kathryn Gawne joined the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra as principal violist in 2001 at the age of 22. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kathryn made her home in the Chicago area. Kathryn started playing the violin in 4th grade as part of a public school music program. Her first teachers, Art Montzka and Ann Montzka-Smelser, made a tremendous impact on her life and she is forever grateful for their loving guidance, limitless patience, and willingness to share their passion for music with their students. She received her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance and Master’s degree in viola performance from Northern Illinois University where she was a scholarship student of Mathias Tacke and Richard Young of the Vermeer Quartet. Lewis Rosove was an important orchestral mentor to Kathryn. Kathryn has completed extensive teacher training in the Suzuki violin and viola methods. In 2000 she was awarded a Shinichi Suzuki Teacher Training Scholarship from the American Suzuki Institute to further her training. Outside of music, Kathryn’s interests include sewing, designing children’s clothing, smocking and embroidery, and exploring the park behind her house. She lives in Knoxville with her husband Tim and daughters Alice and Louisa Jane. Kathryn would like to thank her Knoxville Symphony family for all their love and support.