Roberts, Kay George
- Gary Galván
(b Nashville, TN, Sept 16, 1950). American conductor, violinist, and educator. Kay Roberts began violin studies in fourth grade, performed in the pioneering Cremona Strings youth ensemble, and in 1964 successfully auditioned for a position in the Nashville Youth Symphony under Thor Johnson. At 17 she graduated to the parent ensemble and, in 1971, represented the Nashville Symphony as first violinist in the World Symphony Orchestra under Arthur Fiedler.
Roberts studied music at Fisk University (BA 1972) and Yale University (MM 1975, MMA 1976, DMA 1986). Studying with Otto-Werner Mueller, she became the first woman to complete a doctoral degree in orchestral conducting at Yale. Roberts further honed her conducting skills through study with murry Sidlin , gustav Meier , margaret Hillis , and participation at an impressive array of workshops, seminars, and master classes with notable figures such as Leonard Bernstein, Denis de Coteau, John Eliot Gardiner, Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, and Edo de Waart....