was born in California and presently resides in San Diego. She attended Audubon
Jr. High School in Los Angeles, CA. from 1953 through 1955 and then moved on
to Dorsey High School also in Los Angeles from 1955 through 1958. She finished
her High School education at La Jolla High School receiving her diploma in 1960.
She received her B.M. Degree in Music Composition from The Juilliard School in
1971 studying under Luciano Berio and Hugo Weisgall, with Piano studies under the
renowned Russian-born pianist/teacher Ania Dorfmann. At that time Ms. St. John
also studied electronic music at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center
under Vladimir Ussachevsky, Mario Davidovsky, Bulent Arel and Alice Shields.
Ms. St. John has received numerous commissions from repertory companies, universities,
and individual performers throughout this country and abroad. She was a Tanglewood
Fellow studying under the British composer Alexander Goehr, a Guest Lecturer
(twice!) at the University of Ottawa Department of Music, Composer-in-Residence
at the American Dance Festival of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina
and at the Charles Ives Center in New Milford, Connecticut, and has received five
Residency Fellowships from both the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center
For The Creative Arts.
In 1976, she was designated a Norlin Foundation Fellow by the MacDowell
Colony in special tribute to Aaron Copland. Ms. St .John received her M .F.A.
Degree in Music Composition from California Institute of the Arts in 1979 where she
was mentored by Mel Powell, was pianist for the CalArts Twentieth-Century
Players Ensemble under the direction of Morton Subotnick, and was Graduate
Assistant to pianist Leonid Hambro. Upon graduation, she became a member of
their Theory and Piano faculty. Ms. St. John is the recipient of a National
Endowment For The Arts Composer Fellowship Grant 1981-82. She has also
participated in the 3rd International Congress on Women in Music in Mexico City
1984 and was Co-Winner with composer Henry Brant in the 5th Annual
ASCAP-Rudolph Nissim Orchestral Award 1985. Furthermore, she is the
recipient of various Meet-The-Composer Grants as well as other awards for the
performances of her music. She has recently completed another opus, an epic
psychological musical drama for dramatic-soprano soloist and symphony orchestra
which she hopes will be performed in the not too distant future.
Kathy enjoys reading poetry, experiencing art exhibits which San Diego offers to the
artistic community, drinking coffee with friends, and people-watching! She also enjoys
dining out with friends and family, watching the Olympic Games on tv as well as tennis
and other sports programs, and even watching chefs perform on the cooking shows.
Presently working on her second theatrical play being a Serio-Comedy in Two Acts..,
Kathy continues to compose her music, to exuberantly write her theatrical plays,
to create her oil-paintings, and experience the remarkable things of life around her daily.