Barbara Kavanaugh

Barbara Kavanaugh’s life career has been performing professionally and maintaining a cello studio. She received a degree in cello performance from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Catholic University, in Washington D.C. where she continued as a free-lancer for 30 years. During her time in Washington D.C, Barbara had the opportunity of playing in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, Wolf Trap and the National Theater. Her work as a principle cellist with the Asaph Ensemble and the MasterWorks Festival led her to perform in London and Winchester, England, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, and at the Beijing Central Conservatory in China. In 1997, Barbara became Director of Chamber Music for the MasterWorks Festival, where she coordinated and coached dozens of string quartets and ensembles. In her last 5 years with MasterWorks, from 2010-2015, Barbara traveled to China seven times for performances and teaching. In 2018, after the sudden passing of her beloved husband, Patrick Kavanaugh, who was a composer and conductor, Barbara moved to Wichita Falls to be closer to one of four of her sons. Today, Barbara is a performer with the WFSO as well as a Director of Café Jubalatte, a ministry to encourage and support Christian classical musicians.