Q: How long have you been involved with AFCM?
Kaety Byerley: I joined the board of AFCM in summer of 2016. I had been a fan for years.
Q: What is your current role?
KB: In addition to lending a hand with the marketing and Now Music committees, I am the Program Director of Tucson Adult Chamber Players (TACP), an educational program. Our objective is to build a community of local adult amateur chamber musicians who are dedicated to deepening their understanding of, and commitment to, chamber music.
Q: Tell us about the role music plays in your life.
KB: Music is one of the greatest joys of my life. It helps me to stay grounded and inspired to create beauty in my life and in my community. I play regularly with a piano quartet, as well as with Tucson Repertory Orchestra. Both of my children are learning to play stringed instruments and I occasionally substitute teach orchestra for grades 4 through 8 at the Tucson Waldorf School.
Q: Did you play as a child?
KB: I started playing viola when I was nine years old in school orchestra. I went on to take lessons here in Tucson from Margot Parlette, Karen Goulding and Jeffrey Showell. I played with Tucson Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and Tucson Junior Strings. I spent summers studying music at Brevard Music Camp and The Eastman School of Music’s Summer Quartet Program and went on to study with Jeff Irvine at Oberlin College.
Q: How did you first become interested in the chamber music form?
KB: I played in a string quartet with some friends during high school. We got together once a week to play. We were coached by our teachers and even had a number of paid gigs! The Eastman School’s summer Quartet Program really solidified my love for chamber music. It was incredible spending so much time on the nuances of a piece of music, to make it come alive.
Q: What other kinds of music do you enjoy?
KB: I listen to just about everything. Some favorite artists include Bon Iver, Brad Mehldau, Gillian Welch, Joshua Redman, Radiohead, Beastie Boys, and The Rolling Stones.
Q: What do you do when you’re not working on AFCM?
KB: I am a Realtor with Tierra Antigua Realty. I love helping clients find their dream home and have a special passion for mid-century modern and historic architecture.
Q: Say a little bit about your interests outside of chamber music.
KB: I had a career as a registered nurse before becoming a Realtor, and I continue to have a passion for health and wellness. I love hiking and camping with my husband and our two young children. I enjoy running, and am coming back from some injuries to run 10K races. I try to spend some time every week working on the vegetable garden and enjoy the challenge of growing the majority of the produce that our family eats.