Kathryn is Principal Bassoon of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 2018. Prior to playing principal, she was Second Bassoon of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra since 2013. 

Kathryn was a bassoonist with the elite training orchestra, New World Symphony in Miami for two seasons before winning her job with the WSO. Ms. Brooks was fortunate to receive a full scholarship to study at the Manhattan School of Music in their prestigious Orchestral Performance Program. She holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

During her studies Kathryn attended many music festivals some of which include: Tanglewood Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, The Aspen Music Festival and National Repertory Orchestra.

When she’s not playing her bassoon, Kathryn enjoys hiking, working out, skiing, eating amazing food and spending quality time with her husband, Mike, their infant daughter, Lillia and all of their cats and dogs!

Photo by Nate Lutz