Violin, Piano and Celtic Fiddle
Kathleen Lavengood has over 20 years of teaching experience, lecturing at major universities and performing with classical symphony orchestras. Her passion is sharing a life-long love of music with her students.
Dr. Lavengood has performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Indiana's Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Reno Chamber Orchestra and has showcased Mozart's 4th Violin Concerto and the Barber Violin Concerto with the Chehalem Symphony Orchestra in Newberg, Oregon. She has lectured at Indiana University, Davis & Elkins College, Miami Dade College, and George Fox University, teaching World Music, Music History, and Music Appreciation courses, as well as string studio lessons and leading a string ensemble. Her festival performances include International Celtic Colours Festival, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Texas; and the Aspen Music Festival and School, Colorado. She is a registered Suzuki teacher and member of the North Carolina Suzuki Association.
Growing up listening to her mother play Chopin Nocturnes and inspired by her grandmother who was also a piano teacher, Kathleen has a passion for piano instruction. She learned piano and violin from a young age and recognizes the importance of learning both instruments to increase ear training ability and understanding of music theory. The Suzuki Method is her preferred mode of teaching for its shared repertoire and focus on aural training for students learning both instruments. While the music of Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart are popular works to study, she also draws from her knowledge of folk music and modern contemporary worship music to present strategies for reading chord charts and improvisation.
Kathleen is a US-Canada Fulbright Scholar who studied Cape Breton Fiddling while researching her doctoral thesis on music and tourism in Nova Scotia, Canada. She was awarded numerous grants for her work, including support from the Canadian Embassy and Indiana University. Kathleen has performed at the Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and has won first place in Open Class at the Portland Highland Games and Virginia Scottish Games. Following her Irish heritage, she has traveled to Ireland and performed in local festivals and sessions in Roundstone (County Connemara) and Kenmare (County Kerry). Her favorite aspect of Celtic fiddling is exploring the various regional dialects and their shared repertoire with American bluegrass and old-time traditions.