Performance & Instruction:
Music for Weddings,
& Special Occasions
About the Recorder
digital Stage piano
2005 - 2008
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in Redding, CA
American Recorder Society: Redding Chapter
MUSIC & INSTRUMENTS
Nicholas S. Lander
von Huene Workshop,
RECORDERS & EARLY MUSIC
American Recorder Society (national site)
Member of Early Music America
San Francisco Early Music Society
Recorder and Piano World: Biography
Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds;...
has resided in
Redding, California since August 2003 and has lived in
California for over twenty years. She has played piano and
recorder for most of her life. Among various musical
activities, she was a professional ballet pianist for five
years and has coached recorder ensembles since 1994.
Kay holds a
conservatory diploma in piano, as well as degrees in music from
Princeton University (BA) and the University of California, Berkeley (MA). While teaching
music history and theory as a Graduate Student Instructor at UC Berkeley, Kay won both departmental and
university teaching awards.
Kay began piano lessons at
the age of four, but did not receive professional instruction until
later. A major influence in her life in the 1980's was playing
as a ballet accompanist for the Princeton Ballet Society. She
was a principal pianist for two studios in the Princeton area and
a frequent substitute for the company
pianist in New Brunswick.
Following a hand injury in the late
1980's, Kay was forced to withdraw from piano for fourteen years. During
the intervening years, she worked on her second instrument, recorder.
Kay began playing
recorder in grade school. Years later, she saw that recorder was a popular instrument in Europe.
In 1985, she purchased her first wooden recorder for $1 at a garage sale in
Princeton, New Jersey. She soon joined and performed with Musica Alta, the early
music ensemble at Princeton
Through playing the
recorder and studying early music with Prof. Margaret Bent, Kay
decided to pursue a graduate degree relating to early music.
Although originally pursuing a Ph.D. degree at UC Berkeley, Kay's
interest was still in performance. Two years after receiving her
Master's, she decided to pursue performance on her own.
While at Berkeley,
Kay founded an Early Music group called "The Berkeley Renaissance
Ensemble." The group had numerous performances, including Kay's first Shakespearean
production at the Berkeley Summer Theater. Kay also played and sang
regularly at The Newman Center.
Shasta Lake in Redding, California
In the mountains of
northern California, Kay continued to develop as a recorder player, while coaching a local recorder quintet.
Then, during two years spent in Jackson, Wyoming, Kay founded
"Gloria Early Music." Among featured performers
in a fund-raiser for the Jackson Hole Symphony, Kay also had an
opportunity to perform and compose music for Shakespeare's "A
Midsummer Night's Dream." Kay returned to northern
California in July 2003.
During the fall of
classes at Shasta College through the Community Education
2008-2012, Kay taught recorder classes through the Senior Citizens' Hall in
piano and recorder, performs,
and directs the Redding Chapter of the American Recorder Society.
In the summers of 2006, 2008,
and 2011, Kay
received American Recorder Society or SFEMS scholarships
to attend Recorder and Baroque Workshops. Through the Workshops, Kay
has had the opportunity to work with Annette Bauer, Frances Feldon,
Matthias Maute, Vicki Boeckman, Norbert Kunst, Frances Blaker, and
Marion Verbruggen. Truly inspirational!
In the fall of 2011,
Kay was invited to play on a regular basis at a local deli in
Redding (The Best Little Sandwich Shop). Then, from
February 2012 through April 2013, Kay played piano evenings at a
local Japanese restaurant for three hours each evening.
Performing on piano for three hours per
night at the restaurant proved to be too taxing (post-MVA). However, Kay
currently plays occasionally in the Redding community and elsewhere by