Get to know the town: Kate Inie-Richards

Kate Inie-Richards is the director at the Music School of Delaware's Milford Branch.

Kate Inie-Richards is the director at the Music School of Delaware’s Milford Branch.

Name: Kate Inie-Richards

Age: 28-years- old

Occupation: Director at the Music School of Delaware’s Milford Branch

Hometown: Phoenixville, PA; currently lives in Milford

What is your educational background?

“I went to the University of Memphis for a viola performance degree. I earned a Master’s degree at Ithaca College in New York. Actually, it was a double masters: viola performance and Suzuki violin pedagogy. Suzuki is the art of teaching children.”

When did you begin playing music?

“I started music when I was 8-years- old at school. I guess that was 20 years ago. In fourth grade, I started to play the viola and since then I’ve just kept it going. I’ve had a lot of inspiring music teachers so at an early age, I decided I also wanted to be a music teacher.”

What do you think of Milford?

“The reason I love Milford is the small-town community, sense of home and welcome-ness. It’s a wonderful place to live and work. I’ve only lived here two years, but I feel very at home.”

Tell us about your job?

“My job here as the director: I oversee everything that happens. I am the leader here in southern Delaware. I work with other organizations to help provide outreach. I also teach Suzuki violin and viola and am a member of the Nagoya String Quartet which is comprised solely of faculty members.”

Tell us about your family?

“I have two dogs: Bosco and Jose. I have a fiancé, Jordan Shaner. He’s studying to be a Canter and Rabbi. Our wedding is set for 2017 in Philly.”

Exciting! How did you meet?

“I met Jordan five years ago in Memphis, TN when I was pursuing my undergrad. He has a master’s in Opera. He’s a baritone. He was just accepted to rabbinical school, too.”

What are your hobbies?

“If you ask my fiancé, he’d say I have none. But, I have hobbies! Like taking care of and playing with my two small puppies. I love writing letters and I’m in a book club here in town.”

Why do you love your job?

“Children look at the world with a fresh set of eyes. I just love seeing their expressions when their faces light up and they get it.”

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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