Extreme Cello: co-founder, artist director, soloist, and clinician, 2013 – present
Cello, String Bass
Extreme Cello, Kingwood Pops Orchestra, Horizon String Quartet, Joyous Rhapsody Ensemble, Sam Houston State University Symphony Orchestra, Sam Houston State University Chamber Players, Symphony North of Houston, Virtuosi of Houston, Conroe Symphony Orchestra
Cello, String Bass, Piano
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy with a minor in Cello Performance from Sam Houston State University, Magna Cum Laude
Cy-Fair ISD, Conroe ISD, Humble ISD, University Heights Music Studio, Estes Music Studio
About Kathryn Estes
Before moving to Arlington, Texas, Mrs. Estes was the principal cellist of the Kingwood Pops Orchestra for seventeen years. She participates in both solo and ensemble performances with various orchestras, including Symphony North of Houston and the Conroe Symphony Orchestra, as well as area churches. In high school, she played with a distinguished Virtuosi of Houston, and the Houston Youth Symphony. She has traveled to Eastern Europe and China performing with the Sam Houston State University Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the SHSU Chamber Players. In 2013, Mrs. Estes co-founded Extreme Cello which has offered beginning through advanced cello choir classes, as well as cello master classes with members of the Houston Symphony cello section each year. She has also acted as artist director, soloist, and clinician for Extreme Cello. Since 1994, she has regularly played with Joyous Rhapsody and Horizon String Quartet at weddings, AARP dinners, church functions, nursing homes, and for other special occasions. The group has performed for the NASA astronaut holiday banquet, Home School Stars Banquet, The Singing Men of Texas, and for Rosemarie Trapp (of the Von Trapp family). Mrs. Estes was honored to be the solo cellist on a CD called Consolation.
Beginning in her early childhood, Mrs. Estes generated a passion for music, and has dedicated her knowledge and abilities to her students. Her professional organizations include the Music Teachers National Association, Arlington Music Teachers Association, North Texas Suzuki Association, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Kathryn and her husband David, live in Arlington along with their son Duncan. They enjoy traveling, volunteering in the community, and spending time with family and friends.