THE REPUBLICAN JOURNAL (BELFAST, MAINE) -- Kemp grew up in San Francisco where she began her piano studies at age 4. Early in her career, she was privileged to appear twice as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, once under the direction of Arthur Fiedler. At San Francisco State University she studied chamber music with cellist Zara Nelsova and Symphony violist Ferenc Molnar.
She performed throughout Northern California as a soloist and chamber musician, and she was associate pianist for the San Jose Symphony, Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra, Symphony of the Redwoods and Johns Hopkins Symphony.
She taught piano for more than 40 years. She has resided in Belfast since 2012.