Celebrating Excellence: Professor Catherine Consiglio to be Inducted into the KASTA Hall of Fame

Kansas American String Teachers Association Hall of Fame recipient Catherine Consiglio
I’ve been teaching for probably 40 years, and how lucky am I that I chose a career that I still love? When I am with a student, I lose track of time because I just enjoy what I do.
Catherine Consiglio

We are delighted to share the outstanding news that our very own Professor of Viola, Catherine Consiglio, is set to be honored with induction into the Kansas Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (KASTA) Hall of Fame at this year's state music convention! This prestigious accolade truly reflects Professor Consiglio's lifelong commitment and remarkable contributions to string music education.

Dedication Beyond Measure

With a tenure at WSU since 1989, Professor Consiglio has consistently demonstrated selfless devotion, exceptional service, and an unwavering commitment to advancing string education, not only in Kansas but also on a broader scale. Her impact on our School of Music and the wider musical community is immeasurable. “I have taken my role as a teacher very seriously, and the truth is that I still love every minute with the students,” says Professor Consiglio, highlighting her enduring passion for teaching.

A Legacy of Musical Impact

Professor Consiglio's distinguished career spans four decades of committed teaching. During this time, she not only maintained her position at WSU but also held part-time positions at Chamber Music at the Barn and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra (WSO) for an incredible 26 years. Remarkably, her dedication to the WSO spans 36 years, with a unique history—she played in the orchestra for two years during her junior and senior years at WSU.

Prior to joining WSU, Professor Consiglio provided substantial contributions to music education by teaching at renowned institutions such as Rice University's Shepard School of Music, the New England Conservatory as a graduate assistant, and Boston's Phillips Academy. She is a proud Wichita native and third-generation teacher with significant connections in the local music community. Notably, Professor Consiglio’s participation in the  Wichita Youth Symphony during her high school years, as well as her active participation in the local music scene, have contributed to her lifelong interest in music.

In addition to her impressive professional background, Professor Consiglio is a graduate of WSU, earning a Bachelor of Music degree, specializing in viola performance. Her unique journey—from being a Wichita native to leaving for 11 years and eventually returning—adds a distinctive layer to her narrative, showcasing the deep connection and commitment she holds for both her hometown and alma mater.

Because of her significant contributions, Professor Consiglio has received three awards from the College of Fine Arts, the Daniel Sevart award from the Wichita Symphony, and the Burton Pell award from the Wichita Arts Council. These accolades further underscore her exceptional impact on the field of music and education.

A True Passion for Teaching and Music

“I’ve been teaching for probably 40 years, and how lucky am I that I chose a career that I still love? When I am with a student, I lose track of time because I just enjoy what I do,” shares Professor Consiglio, emphasizing the enduring joy she finds in her profession.

Her commitment to students and the university is evident in her belief that “You have to believe in, love, and respect our students and this university.” Professor Consiglio's dedication to the craft of music and the bonds formed with the faculty are significant factors in her continued passion for her role. Her dedication to string teaching and the cultivation of exceptional string programs has left an indelible mark on our School of Music, and we are immensely proud to have her as a cornerstone of our musical family.

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