Music is about having a voice and using it to affect change. . .

 

Kristen believes this sentiment very strongly, and her playing reflects this with emotional depth and conviction. Her musical decisions are informed, heartfelt, and performed with vulnerability and grace. A professor once described Kristen as "tenacious," raving about her ability to take the stage with intensity, energy, and power. Kristen finds her power in vulnerability, making personal connections with every note and sharing herself openly to audiences.

 

Currently, Kristen focuses her energy on recital performances and chamber music. She recently held the position of second horn with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and has performed with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra in Virginia. Additionally, she has attended workshops and festivals such as the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival and Bar Harbor Brass Week, and she is a regular attendee of horn workshops. She has performed in master classes for artists including William VerMeulen, David Jolley, and the Imani Winds.

 

Advocacy through music has become a passion for Kristen. In March of 2019, Kristen performed a recital called "Stories of Survivors," which she refers to as a "docu-recital." She interviewed several survivors of sexual assault, recorded their stories, and spliced them together with narration to be paired with works by female composers. In the spring of 2016, she performed a recital tour called "Trauma and Triumph," focusing on promoting awareness and advocating for sexual assault survivors, using the music of female composers to share her own personal experiences. 

 

Click below to listen to recordings of Kristen's work!

Kristen's performance of Sarabande from J.S. Bach's Cello Suite V for the Studio Nelsen recital at Indiana University (Nov. 2015)

Kristen's performance of Andante from Richard Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 2 at her graduate recital at Virginia Tech (Nov. 2013)

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