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Who would have thought the six-year old tender, little girl in Mrs. Burns' Neighborhood Choir would mature to become a Spirit-filled instrument of praise? Under the direction of her grandmother, Sarah 'Big-Ma' Burns, Kathryn Joy Foster began her music legacy with many opportunities to sing with the other neighborhood children at the Old Stone Church, Women's Federal and the WHK Auditorium. Having foreseen the anointing that would be rest upon her life, her grandmother was given the honor to name her third granddaughter after her pastor, the late Kathryn Kuhlman. Not only was music her root, but also the unadulterated Word of God was reinforced during Thursday afternoon bible study. Who would have thought that practicing classical piano could teach one to play so skillfully that the Heavenly Father reserves a front row seat even during rehearsals? Her parents, Mary and the late Horace Jerald Foster paid the price to bear their private pain for ten long years. Under the direction of the late Alice Henderson, Kathryn developed her music discipline achieving concert pianist acclaim. Today, Kathryn's mother looks back at those plunks as having nourished desirable fruit. Now she knows in her heart that the best is yet to come. Kathryn has played piano for over 37 years with the last years emphasizing the keyboards for solo and group performances. Who would have thought that singing solo in a citywide music competition would pave the way for her to be handpicked by the Heavenly Father to minister praise and worship? In Jr. High School Kathryn's music teacher Tillie Taylor Cottner coached her to sing that resulted in her being ranked the highest possible score in the female soloist category. Later Kathryn formally studied privately under Bobby Mitchell for a short period and then under Carolyn Sloan Smith for two and one-half years at the Sutphen School of Music. Professor Sloan Smith placed her as an advanced voice student upon enrollment. Her soprano voice has the capacity of a four-octave range. Who would have thought that being linked to a singing group that relished original music would be the beginning of an electric music catalog that has been defined as melodies from heaven? Under the direction of Maestro Glenn Brackens, Kathryn sang soprano in the Dimensions of Black Experience for over three years, performing in New York, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Maryland, and throughout Ohio cities. Glenn encouraged her in a myriad of ways. On occasion, Kathryn taught some of her own originals, orchestrated music, and served as vocal coach and once as Concert Master. Instituting the character 'Grandma' while singing with the Dimensions, Kathryn stills plays the comical and spry, old lady for her own musical productions. Among other choirs Kathryn served as Music Director were: Keys to the Kingdom; First Zion Sunday School Choir; Glenville Church of God Choir; and Abundant Life Zoe Youth Choir. Surrounded by many vibrant compositions, Kathryn has continued to write music and pen lyrics totaling well over 75 songs and six stage productions that are ripe for performing, publishing, and producing through her four business establishments: Kathryn Joy Foster Music Ministries, KeyNote Music Service, Kaleidisc International, and Read All Over Publishing. She describes her originals as international gospel because there is song for everyone. Her repertoire includes: praise & worship; classical; contemporary; children's; musical theater; hip hop; country western; calypso; Latino and Jewish melodies. So who would have thought that the fragments of her life would score the masterpiece that only God could orchestrate? It was no surprise to God for his all seeing eyes chose Kathryn Joy Foster to fulfill his musical tour from her mother's womb. It was there that she captured his vision. It was there that God sown it in her heart. It is now that the world can experience fresh, anointed symphonies crafted by the hand of God through the melodic voice of Kathryn Joy Foster.