Dr. Kathleen Shaw

Title: Violist, Business Administrator
Company: Dental Office of Dr. Roderick K. Shaw
Location: Greenville, Florida, United States

Kathleen Shaw, Violist and Business Administrator at the Dental Office of Dr. Roderick K. Shaw, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in business administration and music performance.

As a student, Dr. Shaw studied with Amy Levanthal at the University of Alabama, Edward Troupin at the University of Florida, and Pamela Ryan at Florida State University (FSU). She earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Florida in 1986, a Master of Music from FSU in 1989, and a Doctor of Music from FSU in 1994. Aside from her music education, she has earned several professional dental certifications, including her certification in nitrous oxide, dental expanded duties for dental auxiliary, dental radiology, and fabrication of temporary crown and bridge. Since 1997, she has worked as a business administrator for the Dental Office of Dr. Roderick K. Shaw.

From 1988 to 1994, Dr. Shaw was a teaching assistant at FSU in Tallahassee, and in 1993, she worked in a variety of musical positions, acting as co-chair for region 1 of the Florida American String Teachers Association, chair of special projects, and coordinator of chamber strings for FSU. From 1994 to 1999, Dr. Shaw worked as a music director for Madison Presbyterian Church. In addition to her career as a business administrator, her love of music has driven her to pursue two different paths simultaneously, and she maintains both her administrative and performative roles to this day.

Growing up, Dr. Shaw watched her mother play the piano and developed a deep passion for music. She believes that success in music performance isn’t simply determined by practice hours—she doesn’t advise that “practice makes perfect,” instead advocating that “perfect practice makes perfect.” Raw musical performance experience must be honed and controlled, otherwise bad habits are allowed to grow and develop. Dr. Shaw has played for a variety of groups and orchestras, including the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and was a national finalist in the Chamber Music Competition in 1994. She won the Concerto Competition at the University of Florida in 1986.

Dr. Shaw is a member of the American String Teachers Association, and has received travel grants to Aspen, Colorado and Carmen, California. Her most memorable performance was when she played Mozart’s Symphonie Concertante for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra at FSU’s Ruby Diamond Auditorium. IN the coming years, she plans to continue playing locally in Madison, Florida, and speaking to groups of high school students about career skills. As a testament to her talent, dedication, and success, Dr. Shaw was featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in America.

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