Kathryn Shaffer, a native of San José, California, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University-San José where she studied with French flutist Isabelle Chapuis. She earned her Master’s degree in Flute Performance from Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA) where she studied with Robert Willoughby. Other former instructors include Maria Tamburrino and flutist/composer John Heiss of New England Conservatory, with whom she studied extended techniques.
Currently in her 12th season as flutist with the San Juan Symphony, she has also performed with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, West Valley Symphony, and traveled with the Continental Orchestra throughout the United States and Europe. She is actively involved with the Durango Chamber Music Festival and the Durango Bach Festival each year. She collaborates with her twin sister and pianist Kristen Chen, performing chamber music regularly in California and presently in the Four Corners.
Currently Instructor of Flute at Fort Lewis College, Kathryn has been a private flute instructor since 1987 and is a certified Suzuki flute instructor. In addition to her teaching, she has also served as an adjudicator and been active as a conductor for flute choirs, children’s chorales, and wind ensemble.
In addition to teaching and performing, she maintains an active family life with her husband of 22 years, Brian, and with homeschooling their four children: cellist Aidan (17), violinist Daniel (15), pianist Taia (12), and cellist Johanna (8).