Kathryn Sievers joined the viola section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in February 2018. Ms. Sievers was born in Boston to a family of scientists and grew up in the Marshall Islands. She earned an undergraduate degree in English literature from Yale and a master of music degree from Juilliard, furthering her viola studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Influential teachers include Robert Vernon, Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Erick Friedman. As a fellow at the New World Symphony Ms. Sievers won the concerto competition and performed Béla Bartók's final concerto with the orchestra. After completing her studies she embarked on an active freelance career, including work with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Santa Fe Opera. Prior to joining the Boston Symphony, Ms. Sievers worked frequently as a substitute musician with the orchestra and was a member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine. Each summer she can be heard at Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.