Kathleen Foster

Adjunct Instructor of Cello


Kathleen Foster, cellist, received her BS in music from Indiana University in 1969 where she studied with Janos Starker and Fritz Magg. She received her MM from Bowling Green State University working with Peter Howard. More recently she spent four years studying with master teacher and performer, George Neikrug. She lived in Maine for almost 20 years where she was on the faculty as the cello teacher at Bates and Bowdoin Colleges. She also taught at the Merriconeag Waldorf School. As a freelance musician, she was principal cellist of the Maine State Ballet Orchestra, the Maine Chamber Ensemble, and PORT opera company. She has been a member of the Portland Symphony since 1990.

In 2007 Kathleen relocated to Rutherfordton, NC. She now teaches at the Petrie School of Music at Converse University. She is a member of the Lawson Trio and performs regularly on the Lawson Series at Converse. She is a member of the Asheville Symphony and the Spartanburg Philharmonic. Kathleen maintains her position in the Portland Symphony and commutes to play at least four classical concerts a season.

Kathleen is a dedicated teacher for students of all ages and at all levels. She has studied both the Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais. She incorporates this knowledge in her teaching, where she helps the student find ease in playing. She has hosted several Feldenkrais workshops since moving to NC to help her students gain greater insight into good body use and awareness.