Composer, Pianist, Artist, Playwright

Kathleen St. John

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 continues to compose her music, as well as create oil-paintings, and experience the good things of life around her daily.

Kathy enjoys reading poetry, drinking coffee with friends and people watching.  She also helps her sister run a used bookstore in one of the fashionable art centers of San Diego .  She also enjoys dining out with friends and family.

She has just finished another opus, an epic psychological musical drama for dramatic soloists and symphony orchestra which was written for Deborah Kavasch, Soprano vocalist from California .  Ms. Kavasch is a noted Soprano with extensive experience in the musical environment.

Kathy enjoys watching sports as well as playing tennis.  She especially enjoys watching the Olympic Games.  Kathy loves the many art exhibits which San Diego offers to the artistic community.  She also enjoys watching chefs perform on the cooking shows.