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Hochstein String Faculty - Kathleen Murphy Kemp

Instrument/Department: Cello, Ensembles

Joined Hochstein Faculty in: 1980

Kathleen Murphy Kemp is Assistant Principal Cello of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and has been a full time member of the RPO cello section since 1977. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, she earned a Bachelor of Music and the Masters of Performance and Literature as well as the Performers Certificate. Kathleen serves on the Collegiate and Community Ed faculties of the Eastman School as well as the Hochstein School. She is the Coordinator of the Orchestra Studies Diploma Program and mentor of the secondary cello teachers at Eastman. 

She has participated in the Chamber Music Rochester series, Roycroft Chamber Music Festival, Skaneateles Festival, Fortissismo Festival, and Academy of Medicine Salon Concerts, as well as Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Festivals, and Music Academy of the West where she was a concerto winner.

As a strong advocate for music education, Kathleen served more than 10 years on the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Board and during her tenure developed the RPYO Mentor. She is also the co-founder of the chamber music program at the Hochstein School – a program for beginning through advanced young musicians with an interest in learning the art of chamber music playing. 

Kathleen devotes much of her time to educational volunteerism and has been honored with the RPO Volunteer Recognition Award, Philharmonic League Fanfare Ward for Education, and RPO Special Educator award. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and was awarded Musician of the Year by Mu Phi Epsilon. 

More About Kathleen Kemp

Hometown: Auburn, NY

Why the arts matter: Children and adults live in this very technical world. Sometimes there is little chance to explore their creativity and soul. The arts provide this and more – the multi-tasking that goes into learning an instrument involves every inch of the brain and students in the arts are proven to be better in school and life. The arts also provide an outlet to express their inner self which is not always realistic in day to day experiences.

What inspires me: My students, young and old, inspire me everyday. My family inspires me, especially my mom who at 92 is an energetic force of love and creativity! 


Family: Married to Randy Kemp, facilities director of the Hochstein School, and proud mom to Megan Kemp (violin teacher and performer) and her husband Jason Barth and Michael Kemp (professional percussionist and timpanist).