Kate Stenberg has maintained an active role as a music educator in a wide range of capacities, calling on her experience - as soloist, chamber and orchestra musician, and as the former first violinist of Del Sol String Quartet where she served for over 20 years. She has presented workshops, masterclasses, composer readings, lectures and performances with the Del Sol Quartet at numerous schools and universities including: The Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Peabody Conservatory of Music, MIT, CalArts College, University of California Berkeley, Dartmouth College, Northeastern University, University of New Mexico, Young Audiences of San Francisco, and the Adventures In Music program through the San Francisco Symphony. Kate was instrumental in creating the nationally renowned Del Sol QuartetFest, a chamber music workshop designed for young string players in the art of quartet playing, with particular focus on new and improvised music.
Throughout her career, Stenberg has always maintained an active private teaching schedule. Her skills gained early recognition when, upon being awarded a Master’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music, she received the Outstanding Assistant Teacher Award for her mentoring with graduate and undergraduate students. Among her mentors are: Isadore Tinkleman, Anne Crowden, Ronald Copes, David Abel, Jorja Fleezanis, Lorand Fenyves, Peter Salaff, Lynn Blakeslee and Burton Kaplan as well as the Cleveland Quartet, Arditti Quartet, Muir Quartet, Francesco Piano Trio and Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio. Many of Stenberg's students have gone on to become professional classical violinists, including improvisors and fiddlers. They have won competitions and played in orchestras including the Peninsula Youth Orchestra, California Youth Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and have gone on to attend various colleges including Oberlin, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Harvard University.
As a teacher and performer, Kate Stenberg brings to her students a solid foundation in the classical music tradition with a deep understanding of the broad range of music being written today. She works closely with her students to help develop their own musical voice while teaching the fundamentals of music interpretation, theory and ensemble playing. Her approach to technique is to help cultivate a foundation of physical ease and fluidity while playing and performing in order to enhance musical expression.