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A Love Letter to Katherine Borst Jones


Katherine Borst Jones is the heart and soul of of the The Ohio State University School of Music. Revered by generations of students, she has elevated flute studies at OSU to their highest level ever. She is considered a legend by her colleagues and peers, not just my words but those of Jennifer Higdon, herself an accomplished flutist as well as a most distinguished composer. -- Donald Harris, Professor of Music, Dean Emeritus, OSU College of the Arts

Katherine Borst Jones recently celebrated twenty-five years on the faculty of The Ohio State University School of Music with a January 25 concert at Weigel Auditorium. Here's a little Bach from the January 25 concert, from the Partita in a minor for flute alone, BWV 1031 [audio:bach23.mp3] Katherine Borst Jones has been at The Ohio State University since 1985 and has served as chair of woodwinds, brass and percussion since 1999. She was awarded the Distinguished Teacher award in 1995, and the Scholar award in 2008.

Kathy represents the heart and soul of the School of Music. Her singular dedication to her students is legendary, and the reputation of the flute studio at Ohio State, thanks to her, is second to none. But in addition to her remarkable contributions as professor of flute, Kathy's devotion to the School in all of its aspects and her singular commitment to all of its students stands a an inspiration to her peers and colleagues. The School of Music is incalculably richer because of Professor Jones's presence, and the School's ability to speak to its educational mission is enhanced greatly by her leadership and devotion. -- Ed Adelson, Interim Director, OSU School of Music

From her January 25, 2010 anniversary concert, listen to music not only performed by Kathy Jones, but written for her: KBJ Variations by Michael Ruszczynski. This is the world premiere performance: [audio:kbj-vars.mp3] Kathy is a founding member and co-principal flutist of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Columbus Symphony, and principal flute of the New Sousa Band, which has toured Japan and the U.S. In 1976, she created the Annual High School Flute workshop program at OSU. Professor Jones conducts the OSU Flute Troupe, and has served in many roles for the National Flute Association, including president (twice), vice president and 1992 convention program chair. She has performed at eight conventions and was a member of the NFA delegation to the Soviet Union in 1989.

Kathy! The Ever Ready Battery sustaining breath of life for education, music and everyone involved! We have all delighted in her creativity, her generosity and professionalism. How lucky we are to move with her, watch her, see her and hear her! -- Christine Mortine, Founder, Columbus Bach Ensemble

Weigel Auditorium was  filled with Kathy's  friends and colleagues on January 25th as we shared in celebration of her gifts. This is the <Meditation of Ardalus by Alan Hovhaness.  "Hovhaness gave this unpublished piece to my teacher, Keith Brion, on the occasion of the premiere of his Suite for Band, which we played when I was at James Caldwell High School in Caldwell, New Jersey.  Mr. Hovhaness was the first live composer I ever met!" [audio:meditation-hovhaness.mp3]

Since coming to OSU, for me, Kathy Jones has been an icon of professionalism, tireless commitment to students and teaching, and collegiality. She is a total musician, and in every sense of the word, she represents the best of an "Academic"! OSU is fortunate to have enjoyed her talent and energy for 25 years! --Karen Peeler, Professor of Music, OSU

Kathy was co-founder, teacher and coordinator of the Robert Willoughby Master Classes, held at the University of New Hampshire. Professor Jones studied with Keith Brion, Robert Willoughby, Kyril Magg, Donald McGinnis, and Julius Baker. To give you an example of the lady's skill and versatility, consider that her January 25th concert had music by Bach, Martinu, Hovhaness, Michael Ruszczynski and George Crumb's monumental Vox Balanae (Voice of the Whale). Vox Balanae was written in 1971, and " was inspired by the singing of the humpback whale." Kathy Jones's colleagues for this concert were Mark Rudoff, cello,  Michael Ruszczynski, piano and Maria Staeblein, piano George Crumb: Vox Balanae (excerpt) [audio:crumb1.mp3]

Dear Kathy, Congratulations on your "Silver Anniversary" of teaching at OSU. I has been my pleasure to know and work with you in various venues--mostly with the CSO--these past 25 years. I wish you all the best for many years to come. --Jude Mollenhauer, Principal Harp, Columbus Symphony Kathy is the "Spirit Queen " of the School of Music. There isn't anyone who lives and breathes OSU spirit more than this ladfy! --Hilary Apfelstadt, Professor of Music and Director of Undergraduate Study, OSU

Katherine Borst Jones performs with symphonies, chamber groups, and festivals throughout the world. She has recorded for CRI, d'Note and Summit recordings, and has commissioned solo and chamber works by Michael Ruszczynski, Mark DeVoto, Tom Duffy, Tom Wells and Rudolfo Bubalo. Her flute, viola, and harp trio, COSMOS, has commissioned works from Libby Larsen, Stephen Paulus, Andrew Boysen and Steven Main.

I always call Kathy 'the hardest working flutist in show biz'. She's that and much more. Supremely talented, a consummate professional, devoted teacher and a dear friend and colleague. --Paul Lockwood, OSU School of Music

Meditation de Thais (Massenet) from Paradise with Jeanne Norton, [audio:meditation1.mp3]

Kathy Jones has been a beloved colleague ever since we taught together at Capital University over thirty years ago. As a result of her tireless efforts on behalf of her students at The Ohio State University, she has developed one of the finest university flute classes in the country. One only has to listen to the recording of her 25th anniversary recital at OSU to appreciate the depth of her artistry on the flute. --Stephen Secan, Principal Oboe, Columbus Symphony

And from me at WOSU: If you want to guide a young person into the serious study of music with all its joy, and you want them to have an exemplary teacher, mentor and friend, here are three words: Katherine. Borst. Jones.

Christopher Purdy is Classical 101's early morning host, 7-10 a.m. weekdays. He is host and producer of Front Row Center – Classical 101’s weekly celebration of Opera and more – as well as Music in Mid-Ohio, Concerts at Ohio State, and the Columbus Symphony broadcast series. He is the regular pre-concert speaker for Columbus Symphony performances in the Ohio Theater.