Kathie Stewart, called “stellar” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, is a founding member of Apollo’s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra. She is a faculty member of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she serves as Teacher of Baroque Flute and Curator of Harpsichords in the Historical Performance Department. In addition to performing around the country on traverso and recorder with Apollo’s Fire, she has also appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Opera, ARTEK, the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble and Turn the Corner Irish Band. Stewart has performed at the Aspen and Ojai Music Festivals, the Boston Early Music Festival, the New World Symphony’s Baroque Festival in Miami, Oberlin College Artist Series, the National Academy of Sciences, the Library of Congress and the Dumbarton Oaks series in Washington, D. C. In addition she has performed to sold-out crowds with Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland’s Severance Hall.
Stewart appears on thirteen recordings with Apollo’s Fire, including solo performances in Brandenburg Concerto No. IV by J. S. Bach (Electra), and Concerto in E Minor for Flute and Recorder by G. P. Telemann (Koch). An accomplished Irish flute player, she can also be heard on Scarborough Fayre: Traditional Tunes from the British Isles and the New World, and on Apollo’s Fire’s newest CD, Come To The River: an Early American Gathering.
Radio appearances include many holiday specials on National Public Radio, NPR’s World of Opera, SymphonyCast, and Performance Today. Her concerts have been broadcast on Britain’s BBC Radio, Canada’s CBC, European Community Radio, and on WCLV’s “Seaway” syndication network, which is carried by member stations of the European Broadcasting Union.
Stewart studied modern flute with Joyce Catalfano at West Virginia University, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree, and at the Manhattan School of Music with Thomas Nyfenger, receiving the degree of Master of Music. She completed the doctoral coursework at the University of Cincinnati as a student of George Hambrecht, and participated in Eiji Hashimoto’s Baroque Ensemble, where she began to explore the baroque flute. Fascination with the traverso led her to Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute, where she studied baroque flute and recorder with Chris Krueger and Michael Lynn.
At the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Stewart teaches baroque flute majors, introduces novices to the instrument, and specializes in helping modern flute players make the transition to the baroque flute. She also educates players of modern instruments in baroque performance style, coaches baroque ensembles on period instruments, and teaches harpsichord tuning. A proponent of historical temperaments, she tunes and maintains the Conservatory’s world-class collection of historical harpsichord reproductions.