Dr. Kathryn Steely
Professor of Viola
School of Music
One Bear Place #97408
Waco TX 76798-7408
Phone: (254) 710-6499
Fax: (254) 710-3574
Dr. KATHRYN SCHMIDT STEELY is Professor of Viola at Baylor University and President of the American Viola Society. She received Baylor University’s Outstanding Professor Award in 2007.
As a soloist, Dr. Steely has appeared with the Jacksonville Symphony, the Baylor University Wind Ensemble, the Baylor Symphony, the University of Tennessee Symphony, and performed with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Fort Worth-Dallas Ballet, the Akron Symphony, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Wichita Symphony, and as principal violist with the Rockford and Waco Symphonies. She is a frequent recitalist and avid chamber musician, with performances at several International Viola Congresses, the Primrose International Viola Competition and Festival, the national College Music Society Convention, National Flute Conventions, the Mostly Music series of the University of Chicago and the Armonico Chamber series of the Austin Chamber Ensemble. In 2010, she released a CD through MSR Classics of the Flackton Viola Sonatas, recorded with Vincent DeVries, harpsichord, which Fanfare magazine deemed “a delight".
Dr. Steely is a founding member of the faculty of the CREDO Chamber Music program, Oberlin, Ohio. She has also been an active member of the American Viola Society, including five years as Editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society, two terms as a member of the national executive board, and nine years as the AVS webmaster. The AVS has twice honored her service, awarding her the Maurice Riley Award in 2006 and the AVS Founders Award in 2010. She began her term as AVS President in Summer 2014.
Dr. Steely is in frequent demand as an adjudicator, serving on the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition pre-screening panel, the 2003 Primrose International Scholarship Competition jury, the 1999 Chicago Viola Society Solo competition, Elgin Symphony Young Artists, Austin Young Artists, Plano Young Artists and Mid Texas Symphony Young Artists competitions. She has presented master classes at a number of universities and served as guest panelist and master class presenter for the 2014 University of Tennessee Viola Celebration, Studio Teachers Forum at the 2004 American String Teacher’s Association National Convention and the Pre-College Division Viola Master Class at the 2009 ASTA National Convention.
Dr. Steely earned the Doctor of Music degree in Viola Performance from Northwestern University, Master of Music in Viola Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethel College (KS). Principal teachers include Peter Slowik, Heidi Castleman, Lynn Ramsey, and Donald McInnes.