Kathryn Patricia

About the Artist

Hailing from Canada’s Capital region, Loop pedal violist, visual artist, composer, and educator Kathryn Patricia has crafted a singular niche in music improvisation and classical performance. She obsesses over creating uniquely arresting soundscapes, whether in solo recitals, composing and performing for art installations, and more. Named a CBC Trailblazer in 2021 and a recipient of one of Ottawa Arts Council’s Emerging Artist awards, she has been featured in Canada’s most notable Concert Series, Chamberfest, Music and Beyond, NUMUS Concert series to name a few.

Named one of ‘3 Classical Musicians You Should Know ‘ in 2022, by SHIFTER Magazine and the National Arts Centre, Kathryn is a seasoned performer, speaker, presenter and workshop facilitator. As a performing artist and educator, she is a performance instructor at Carleton University and an artist on the MASC Artist roster. 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 premier of her piece A Home Called ‘Wander’ for solo viola and spoken word. Most recently, Kathryn Patricia was commissioned by the National Gallery of Canada to compose a piece of music for their exhibit, Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment.

Kathryn holds degrees in viola performance from Western University (B.M.) the University of Ottawa (M.M.) and was a 2022 fellow of the Global Leaders Institute. She is currently a PhD candidate in Critical Studies in Improvisation through the University of Guelph. Kathryn 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

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

You may not remember me, but I showed you my characters from the story I planned to make, inspired by your music! Their names are Nori and Amber. So, I actually began typing this story, and I'm SUPER attached to it! You were the biggest help on this, so I mentioned you in my story! I typed, "For: Kathryn Patricia, who inspired me with her wonderful music. Thank you Kathryn." I hope when my story gets published, you'll see it! Thank you!

— Student, Limestone District School Board

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

Kathryn Patricia Cobbler was absolutely fantastic to work with. Not only did she play and speak beautifully, she was also great at rolling with the punches of a live event! Kathryn was punctual, enthusiastic and flexible. She delivered a flawless performance and spoke with clarity. I look forward to the opportunity to [hopefully!] work with Kathryn again.

— Jacqueline Boudreau, INFC Awards Ceremony

I thought the presentation was perfect. Nicely paced,  Kathryn used verbal and non-verbal cues to keep the students engaged. This artist engagement was  peaceful and thought-provoking; it was exactly what we needed.

— Elyane Rual, Westboro Academy

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