A native of Virginia, Kathryn Quigley Perry joined the FWSO in 2005. Prior to coming to Texas, she was a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra for the 2003–2004 season. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned her master's degree in violin performance and studied with Andrés Cárdenes, concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. While in Pittsburgh, she performed in the Erie Philharmonic and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, served as principal second violin of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, and was a founding member of IonSound, a chamber music group dedicated to new music and multimedia performances.
Before attending graduate school, Kathryn was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for one year. She served as concertmaster of the National Orchestral Institute in 2001, concertmaster of the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra from 1998–2000, and has also participated in the National Repertory Orchestra and the Kent/Blossom Music Festival.
Kathryn is a cum laude graduate from Smith College, where she earned her bachelor's degree in English. She worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., for two years before pursuing a full-time career in music. At Smith, she studied violin with Philipp Naegele and won Smith's Ernst Wallfisch Prize in Music. Her other principal teachers include Ronda Cole and Ricardo Cyncynates.
Kathryn is also a Suzuki violin teacher. She and her husband, FWSO bassist Brian Perry, live in Fort Worth with their daughter, Madeleine.