Kathleen has taught cello with Boulder Suzuki Strings since 1999. She grew up in a family of musicians and played piano and cello as a child, going on to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cello performance from Indiana University and the University of Massachusetts. After her junior year at Indiana, Kathleen accompanied her family to Japan where she studied with Yoshio Sato, who had worked with Dr. Suzuki to develop the first cello materials. She also observed Dr. Suzuki and other teachers at the Talent Education Institute.
Kathleen has played professionally in chamber groups and orchestras and has taught at schools in Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Colorado. In addition to her work with BSS, she serves as Music Director at Shining Mountain Waldorf School.
Kathleen’s son, Joseph Lessard, participated in the BSS program, graduating in 2003. A reluctant musician throughout his school years, Joe now plays fiddle and sings in three bands. Kathleen enjoys reading, hiking and attending Joe’s bluegrass shows around Colorado.