Kathleen Lang has been playing horn in the LCSO for thirty-one years and has a unique and extensive background in music, teaching, and service. In each of these fields, Kathleen generously gives back to the community and inspires others through her work.
Kathleen began her musical career with playing horn in her middle school band and it was her band director that influenced her to become a music teacher. Kathleen attended Northern Illinois University on a full scholarship and received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from there. Since receiving her degree, she has been playing horn professionally with several musical organizations, currently performing with the Windiana Concert Band and the Michigan City Municipal band. She also directs the choir at the LaPorte Presbyterian church and has played in the University of Chicago Symphony and the Chicago Bar Association Orchestra. Aside from playing horn, Kathleen also plays the bagpipes and performs on the bagpipes regularly for the LCSO. After college, she taught high school music on the south side of Chicago, where she directed the band and three choirs.
Education and law are another of Kathleen’s passions. She has been a law teacher for many years and has also served within the judicial community on many occasions. She was formally Judge of LaPorte Superior Court One and is currently on senior status working as part time. Before taking the bench, Kathleen served as a prosecutor in Chicago and in LaPorte county. Currently, she teaches at Notre Dame Law School and for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. This spring she taught at Nicholas Copernicus Law School in Torun, Poland and has also been on the faculty at Chicago Kent, Valparaiso and Emory Law Schools and well as the Indiana Judicial Conference.
Aside from education and music, Kathleen enjoys giving back to her community by being involved in several other organizations, including the Hospital Foundation of LaPorte, the LaPorte Hospital Foundation, the Board of Dunebrook Prevent Child Abuse, the Volunteer Lawyer Network, the Indiana Supreme Court Commitees on Education, and Community Relations.
In her free time, Kathleen enjoys doing outdoor activities such as hiking with her husband Alan, her daughter Kristen, her son Andrew, and their Springer Spaniel named Jersey. One of the things Kathleen appreciates about being in the LCSO is having the opportunity to continue playing in the orchestra for the last thirty years. She sees the LCSO as a family and this organization continues to be a big part of her life.