Backstage Pass: Katherine St.John
We recently got to chat with Principal Bassoon Katherine St.John about her summer break, hobbies, and Charleston favorites. Kathy (as she is known to many friends and family or "Kashew" as she's called by her many neices and nephews) has been with the CSO since 1992 and will be starting her 21st season with us this September.
How are you spending your summer?
I’ve been a member of International Double Reed Society (IDRS) for several decades, but I’ve never attended a conference until this summer. It was held in Oxford… Ohio, not England! My husband Michael drove up with me and we attended orchestra concerts, solo and chamber music recitals, and the final round of the Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox International Competition for Bassoon. Then we spent many happy hours at the exhibitions looking at music, tools, and machines used in reed marking and, of course, trying all the different bassoons. I was reunited with old friends from college, too and former CSO Musician Roger Roe (1992-1995). We also made a side trip to Indiana to meet with my twin brother and eldest niece. It is always great to see them!
Kathy and husband Michael watching a performance at IDRS Conference
How is Summer 2012 different from your previous summers?
My husband and I are planning a trip to Mexico to celebrate our 5 year anniversary at the end of August so I’m looking forward to that!
What’s your favorite summertime memory from your childhood?
Spending six weeks in Valdosta, GA at Governor's Honors Program. That’s where I decided I should major in music performance because I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather be doing.
When you have free time, what do you do with it?
I enjoy making stained glass panels. Most of my family members have several hanging in their homes and it’s become my traditional wedding gift for friends. I finally made one to keep for myself this summer and it’s one of my favorites.
One of Kathy's recent stained glass panels
What are your favorite things to do in Charleston?
Walking around the Battery and getting lost in the little side streets; I love that you can’t go far without running into water. We love to eat at Nirlep, High Cotton, the Old Post House, Grill 225 and Kaminksy’s.
What are you most looking forward to for the upcoming CSO season?
The Verdi Requiem Special Event and having 4 bassoonists on stage to play it.
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