Kathryn Lauder runs a busy piano studio and works part time as a specialist teacher in schools. In addition to her piano and classroom teaching, Kathryn is an experienced ensemble director, arranger, composer and adjudicator. She has worked for Yamaha Music School, Diocesan School for Girls (Auckland) and Bethlehem College (as HOD Music). Her piano students have received distinction passes in the upper grades and she has twice taught the national winner of the composition section of the Chamber Music New Zealand schools’ competition.
She studied composition with John Rimmer, John Elmsly, Eve de Castro Robinson and David Hamilton at Auckland University after first completing a major in performance piano. While a student, one of Kathryn's piano works was selected for performance at the 1995 Bangkok Music Festival and her pieces twice won major prizes at the Auckland University Lilburn Trust Composition Awards. Kathryn was also the recipient of the Hollinrake Memorial and Bishop Music scholarships and received a Senior Prize in Music.
She enjoys writing for school students and has had works performed by youth choirs in Taiwan and Finland. In 2004, the Auckland Philharmonia performed White Cat at their Kiwi Capers concert.
for SSA choir, two violins, cello and handbells, 4m
for two part treble voices, piano and oboe, 2m
a short set of three fun pieces suitable for students, 5m
for SA choir and piano, 2m
for soprano, alto and SSAA choir
for two part treble voices and piano, 3m
for orchestra, 3m