KATHY AU CROSIER has spent her entire career in Hawaii, working as a church musician, organ recitalist and teacher. She was married to Carl Crosier, a fellow musician for 37 years before he died of pancreatic cancer in 2014. She has one son, 35 years old, who works as a network engineer in North Hollywood, CA and a 15-month- old grandson.
A few days after Burbank High graduation, she flew to Paris, France to study with famed virtuoso, Marcel Dupré. At the end of the summer, she returned to the US where she obtained a Bachelor of Music at USC and a Master of Music at Westminster Choir College, both in Organ Performance. She is officially “retired,” but keeps busy by working on the Burbank High 1968 blog and 50th Reunion, teaching organ students, doing freelance work as an organist, and writing a blog about music and travel. In the last 5 years she has traveled over 300,000 miles and visited 15 countries.
She feels her greatest accomplishment is teaching several hundred students how to play the organ—several dozen have become accomplished musicians with musical careers. Her favorite memories of Burbank High were accompanying the choir classes with Mr. Regnal Hall, and taking English with Ms. Thompson and Ms. Imbach in senior English class. If she didn’t make it in music, she could have been an English major!