ABOUT OUR DIRECTOR
KATHRYN DONOVAN-CAMPBELL has been an avid lover of music her entire life, showing a propensity for the art form in many ways at a very early age. She began playing the flute at the age of 11 and continued playing through college. She graduated from Yuba City High School, where she was involved in choir, orchestra and band. During her high school years, Kathryn began taking private voice lessons from Joaquina Calvo Johnson, as well as continuing flute and piano lessons. Her first conducting experience was as Drum Major for the Yuba City High School band.
Once Kathryn graduated YCHS she went on to Yuba College where she began to focus mainly on her vocal talents. After spending four years studying under Joaquina Calvo Johnson, Kathryn moved on to San Jose State University where she received her Bachelors of Music under the tutelage of Joseph Frank. While at San Jose State Kathryn was a member of the "Choraliers", the college’s premier vocal ensemble. Kathryn toured Europe as a featured soloist, while studying conducting and choral methods under Charlene Archibeque. During this time Kathryn was selected as assistant conductor where she continued to hone her conducting technique. During her time in San Jose Kathryn also worked as the director for the St. Nicholas Catholic Church choir. She also began working in the San Jose Unified School District teaching middle and high school choir, music appreciation, band, and voice.
In 2001 Kathryn returned to Northern California, taking a position with the Folsom Cordova Unified School District. She spent three years teaching elementary music before taking over as director of choral activities at Cordova High School, where she taught for thirteen years. This year Kathryn took a position in the Yuba City Unified School District teaching choir and elementary music.
Kathryn is proud to be back in the Yuba Sutter area, continuing the traditions of the Yuba Sutter Master Chorale that her mentor began so many years ago.