New to the Houston area, Canadian clarinetist Kathryn Stewart is an emerging artist in the classical and jazz music scene. She holds a bachelors degree from the University of British Columbia ('14) and recently completed her Master of Music at Memorial University of Newfoundland ('18). Stewart is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts designation at the University of Houston: Moores School of Music where she studies with Mark Nuccio.
Before relocating to Houston, she has performed in the pit for several musical productions with the Atlantic Light Theatre company and Opera on the Avalon in St. John's, Newfoundland. Stewart has also joined the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra as an alternate and bass clarinetist for the NSO Pops series, including a concert of Sci-fi movie scores, a Sgt. Peppers-themed Gala concert, and performances of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. In 2017, she was a featured soloist with the Memorial University Chamber Orchestra in Parto Parto from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, and previously in 2010 with the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble in Steven Bryant's Ecstatic Waters. She has performed many notable works as Principal Clarinet with the MUN and UBC Orchestras including Shostakovich's 9th and 10th Symphonies, An American in Paris, Night on Bald Mountain and Appalachian Spring.
Stewart teaches privately as well as with Project Grace, a cost-free after school program inspired by the El Sistema orchestra program. Her student-centered approach allows opportunities for her students to be active participants in their own learning while providing fun and creative ways to tap into their natural curiosity and excitement for music.
Stewart has received classical training under the tutelage of clarinetists Cris Inguanti, Francois Houle, Patricia Kostek, Keith Macleod, and most recently with Dr. Christine Carter, with whom she explored the topics of performance and educational psychology.