Kathryn Harpainter, our new director of our multi-graded string ensemble, came to Tucson to pursue a master’s and doctorate degree in viola performance from the University of Arizona in 2012 after graduating with her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. She has taught violin, viola, and piano for the past 13 years, both privately and for organizations such as Tucson Youth Music Center, Quest for Education and Arts, and Young Talents Music School in Sacramento. Her other teaching experiences include serving as Music Director for Pusch Ridge Christian Academy Grammar School and working as a teaching assistant for the University of Arizona. As an orchestra musician, she has performed with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, North State Symphony, and the Aspen Music Festival. In her free time Kathryn enjoys swimming, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.