Kathleen has been an enthusiastic pianist all her life, beginning with piano lessons at age 8. She received her ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music as an adult in 2005, and has completed the RCM certificate course on teaching Elementary and Intermediate level piano. Kathleen has been an award winner at music festivals in Toronto and Washington, and has played in a multitude of recitals and fund-raising concerts. She has been organizing piano playing groups and master classes for adult pianists for many years, including as the leader of the Toronto “Ivory League” and organizer of Avenue Road Music & Performance Academy programs. As a firm believer in lifelong learning, Kathleen continues to study piano with Michael Berkovsky, Alexander Panizza and Lawrence Pitchko, and piano pedagogy at the RCM. After retiring as a partner of the law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Kathleen has increased her commitment to teaching and coaching piano, with the goal of helping her students to experience the joy and fulfilment of making music.