Kathryn Woolley

Instrument: Violin

Education: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Neighborhood: Clifton, Cincinnati, Ohio

Joined the CSO in 1995

Musical/professional activities: I started the violin when I was four years old. I played in the violin section in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic while in high school. I studied with Kurt Sassmannshaus while attending CCM. I also attended the Aspen Music Festival for many summers as well as one summer at Tanglewood. Two musical highlights have been with the CSO. One: performing as a soloist on a CSO soloist night concert with Jesús López Cobos conducting. And two: sitting as Acting Associate Concertmaster for four years.


Favorite orchestral work: It is hard to pick just one, but right now, I would say An Alpine Symphony by Richard Strauss.


What's on your playlist: I listen to all kinds of music, mostly on the radio or iHeart Radio. On our Cincinnati local radio, I have a number of favorite FM stations: 89.3 for big band and oldies, 90.9 for classical, 93.3 for Christmas music, and then for classics, '80s and current songs, I listen to 98.5 and 103.5. On iHeart Radio, I listen to many stations, but my favorites are movie soundtrack stations, especially John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, and Bing Crosby Radio.


Favorite things to do in Cincinnati: I like to visit the local family places such as the Cincinnati Zoo, Kings Island, Discovery Garden and the Cincinnati Museum at Union Terminal. Once a year I visit the Clifton Mill to see their Christmas Lights show in Clifton, OH.


Favorite food: Anything breakfast-related


Fun facts: I do not own any of the newer video game consoles. I play on my vintage Atari 2600 when I want to revisit the old games!

I am the granddaughter of Alfred Robertson, who was a Thoroughbred horse jockey, inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1971. Alfred Robertson, at one time, rode one of Bing Crosby’s horses.