Kathryn Patricia Cobbler

About the Artist

Hailing from Canada’s capital region, Loop pedal violist, composer, and educator Kathryn Patricia Cobbler has crafted a singular niche in music improvisation, and classical performance. She obsesses over creating uniquely arresting soundscapes, whether in solo recitals, composing for theatre, performing in site specific art installations, and more. A recipient of one of Ottawa Arts Council’s Emerging Artist awards, she has been featured in Canada’s capital region’s most notable Concert Series, including Chamberfest, Music & Beyond to name a few.

As a seasoned performer and educator, Kathryn is proud to be a performance instructor at Carleton University, a MASC Artist, and a Teaching Artist with the National Arts Centre. As a composer, Kathryn has been featured in the Boston-based Concert series, Castle of Our Skin’s Black Composers Miniature Challenge, which resulted in the world premiere of her piece A Home Called ‘Wander’ for solo viola and spoken word. Most recently Kathryn was artist-in-residence with the Ottawa Dance Directive composing and collaborating for the premiere of Dream & True North envisioned and choreographed by Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson. She performs on a viola by luthier, Sibylle Ruppert and a Boss RC-30 loop pedal.

For me, performing music is painting with sound.

— Kathryn Patricia Cobbler

Artist's Programs

Curriculum Links

Awareness of elements of music; Demonstrate understanding that sound can be represented by symbols; Awareness of elements of design; Express initial reaction and personal responses to musical performances in a variety of ways.

Artistic Disciplines

Music, Visual Arts


Black, Culturally Diverse, Person of Colour, Women+


All ages, Children ages 5 - 11, Children ages 12 - 18, Seniors, Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Language Proficiency


People love this artist

Kathryn's music and guidance were superb. Many teachers commented on how their students enjoyed the workshops and how impressed they were with their paintings. Students were peaceful while Kathryn played the viola. The places students painted were so meaningful to them that they opened up and talked in-depth about their paintings. Thank you again for these outstanding workshops.

— Denise Duprey, St Brigid School

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