At age five Kathryn Sievers began violin lessons in her mother's Suzuki studio in the Marshall Islands. She continued playing violin both in the tropics and in her native Massachusetts, where she was a student of Marylou Speaker Churchill at NEC Prep, where she also played and toured with YS and YPO, studied chamber music, and learned music theory. As a senior in high school, she added viola to her musical studies.
Sievers earned a B.A. in English literature from Yale, where she was a violin student of Erick Friedman, and an M.M. from Juilliard, where she was a viola student of Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory. After two years performing with the New World Symphony she completed her viola studies with Robert Vernon at the Cleveland Institute of Music and began an active orchestral freelance career. For several years she worked as a peripatetic musician, performing frequently and touring internationally with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Ms. Sievers has recently worked primarily with the Boston Symphony as a substitute violist, and is a member of the Portland Symphony since 2012. In addition to teaching viola privately, she enjoys coaching viola sectionals at NEC Prep.