Kathy Judd has led a multi-faceted musical life as an arts administrator, teacher, and chamber music, commercial, and orchestral musician. A Kansas native, she received a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and a Master of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, with studies at Wichita State University.
After graduate studies, Judd became a member of the St. Paul (MN) Chamber Orchestra, the only full-time US chamber orchestra at the time. With that ensemble she performed in the United States, Germany, Amsterdam, Yugoslavia, Rumania, and throughout the former Soviet Union.
She was a soloist and Concertmaster of the Boulder (CO) Bach Festival, the Las Vegas Symphony, and the Nevada Chamber Orchestra. Judd has a strong background in commercial music as a string contractor and lead musician in show orchestras in Las Vegas, accompanying headliners such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole and many others.
As a teacher, she was a faculty member and department chair at the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, an international residential high school in California, and a member of the Idyllwild Trio, which performed throughout the Southwest US and Taiwan. She was Assistant Professor and member of the resident piano trio at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and adjunct faculty member at Elizabethtown College (PA). She teaches currently at the Washington Conservatory of Music.
As an arts administrator, she has been Artistic and Executive Director of the Washington Conservatory of Music, a nationally accredited community school, since 1998, where she created the Washington Conservatory Piano Plus! Concert Series. She was previously Artistic and Executive Director of Pennsylvania's Music at Gretna, a year-round chamber music and jazz concert series in Mt. Gretna, and in residence at Elizabethtown College. She has served on national, state, county and private foundation grants panels.