Kathleen first studied for an MA in French and Gaelic Studies at The University of Aberdeen before moving on to graduate from the Bachelor of Music Degree at The Ian Tomlin Academy of Music at Edinburgh Napier University with first class honours, also winning The Harold Gray Prize for Singing. After spending time working in London as a Talent Scout for a music management company, she then returned to Scotland and graduated with Distinction from the MMus in Vocal Music (Conducting) at The University of Aberdeen. Kathleen has recently been awarded a number of scholarships and prizes including The James Lobban Conducting Scholarship, The Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursary and a King’s College Chapel Scholarship.
Kathleen is currently engaged in research in choral pedagogy, looking at the role of a conductor as a leader and the teaching of vocal skills to amateur choral singers. She also currently works as a singing tutor at the North East of Scotland Music School and is the current MD of Loud & Proud, Scotland's LGBT+ Choir.
Kathleen began her conducting career with Aberdeen Gaelic Choir, leading them on their Canadian tour and in competition at the Vancouver Mod where the choir won every competition in their division and additional prizes for highest marks in music across the whole event. Spurred on by this success, Kathleen began to seek out conducting opportunities and training courses and studied with George Hurst at Canford Summer School of Music, Michael Harris at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh and later worked with Scottish conductor Christopher Gray.