A native of Los Angeles, Kathryn Norring began her piano studies at the age of six with Debra Alderete and studied with her until college. She competed successfully numerous times in the Southwestern Youth Music Festival and the Southern California Junior Bach Festival, and was chosen to be a member of the MTAC Young Artist Guild in 2006. Kathryn earned her Bachelor of Music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, studying under Professor Bernadene Blaha. She also completed a minor in Linguistics, is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and was named a Renaissance Scholar upon her graduation summa cum laude. She earned her Master’s degree also at USC, and was named the Outstanding Graduate of the masters program at Thornton upon her completion. She is currently finishing her Doctoral studies at USC, with minors in harpsichord, music theory, and music technology.
At Thornton, she holds a teaching assistantship and serves as the principal pianist for the USC Thornton Symphony. Previous positions have included pianist for the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble and for the Young Musician’s Foundation Debut Orchestra, and in 2012 participated in YMF’s two-week performance tour in China. As an orchestral pianist, Kathryn has performed under the baton of such notable conductors as John Williams, James Conlon, Gerard Schwarz, and Carl St. Clair.
Kathryn has participated in several festivals, including the Prague International Piano Masterclass, the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice, the University of Washington Piano Institute, and the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians. She has performed in masterclass with artists such as Ian Hobson, Craig Sheppard, Jean-Philippe Collard, and Christopher O’Riley. An avid supporter of new music, Kathryn is a frequent collaborator with the contemporary music initiative What’s Next? and the group Helix Collective. She has been teaching at the Pasadena Conservatory since October of 2013.