Kathryn Brooks, a Toronto native, is in her first season as second bassoon with the WSO. Prior to joining the WSO Kathryn played with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
Kathryn graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in 2008 and a Master’s degree in 2009 under the instruction of Cleveland Orchestra bassoonists Barrick Stees and John Clouser. She continued her studies at the Manhattan School of Music on a full scholarship in their prestigious Orchestral Performance Program with New York Philharmonic bassoonist, Kim Laskowksi.
She has attended a number of summer festivals including Tanglewood, Spoleto Festival USA and Aspen Music Festival. This past summer she was a fellowship recipient to play principal bassoon in the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at Aspen. When she’s not playing her bassoon, Kathryn enjoys hiking, scuba diving, skiing, eating amazing food and spending time with her adorable Cocker Spaniel, Molly.