Kay Stern is the Concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, a position she has held since 1994.
Kay Stern served as assistant to Dorothy DeLay at the Aspen Music Festival, assistant to the Juilliard Quartet at the Juilliard School and held faculty positions at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has taught and coached at various music festivals around the world, most recently at the Music Academy of the West and has been in residence at Wellesley College and San Diego State University.
Kay has been featured on television and radio. She has appeared in PBS’s “Live from Lincoln Center“, CNN’s “Women Today“, Minnesota Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor” and WQXR-NY Robert Sherman’s, “Listening Room“. Kay has published several articles in Chamber Music America. As former first violinist and founding member of the Lark String Quartet, she performed and gave master classes throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
Kay’s former Concertmaster positions include the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Concordia at Lincoln Center, the Cabrillo Music Festival, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. She regularly performs as Concertmaster for many movie sound tracks and video games recorded at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch. Kay is an active chamber musician, collaborating with colleagues in numerous venues in and around the Bay Area. She regularly plays for fund raising events and has helped raise money for medical research, schools, arts organizations, student orchestras and political causes. Some of the educational and community programs she has participated in include the New York Philharmonic Musical Arts Experience, Young Audiences of NY Children’s Programs, Lincoln Center Student Programs and the Minnesota School & Resource Center for the Arts Touring Program, Seaside Music Academy, and Pacifica School Volunteers. Her past music festival appearances include the Caramoor, Bard, Olympic, Grand Teton Music Festivals and most recently, the Lake Tahoe Summerfest. Kay attended the Julliard School as a student of Dorothy DeLay. While at Julliard, she received full scholarships for her Bachelor, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs. She also studied with Michael Davis at Ohio State University. Her concerto and chamber music recordings can be heard on Phillips, Nonesuch, Innova, MusicMasters, Koch International, Gramavision and Albany Records.