A native of Arizona, Kathryn Rood's degrees in piano performance are from Arizona State University. Her professional career includes pianist for the Lyric Opera Theater at ASU, class and touring performing pianist for Ballet Arizona, then eight years as pianist with the Phoenix Symphony. An overuse playing injury to her left hand gave pause to performing but opened a wonderful opportunity of teaching Kindermusik for the ASU Piano Prep Program for fifteen years. It was during this time she collaborated with Mandarin Cheung-Yuen and Henry Rose to form the Young Artist Committee to foster positive performance opportunities for Arizona piano students and teachers. This collaboration led to the forming of the Rose-n-Rood Piano Duo for several years of concerts and two cd recordings. Kathryn reisdes in the Dobson Ranch area of Mesa where she has maintained a private piano home studio since 1980. In 1998 Kathryn began entering her students in the ABRSM practical and thory exams. Ms. Rood has received the permanent professional certificate from MTNA and is a memeber of DVMTA.