Staff

Darwin Shen - Executive Director, violin, viola

Violinist Darwin Shen was born in London , England and began his violin studies with his father and his school music teacher, and the noted Indian composer John Mayer.

 

After emigrating to the United States at age eight, he continued his studies with Paul Kantor and Kyung Yu of the Yale faculty, and then studied with Yuval Waldman. He has also coached with Sally Thomas of the Juilliard faculty and Ani Kavafian of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

 

As a student Darwin was the winner of several prizes. He then decided to embark on more academic pursuits and attended Manhattanville College, where he received the Honors Scholarship. He graduated with an Honors Degree in History, minored in Mathematics and was a member of the National Dean’s List, as well as having given lectures at Norwalk Community College on Gallileo’s work on thermometry and the social significance of DNA.

 

Upon returning to violin playing, he has appeared as soloist with the Young Artists’ Philharmonic, the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, the Cheshire Symphony Orchestra and the Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra during their celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Columbus discovering America. He has participated in recitals or been an assisting artist in concerts for The Center for chamber Music Inc., 3030 Park Concert Series, Schubert Club, Silvermine School of Music, Silvermine Guild Arts Center and Friends of the Stamford Symphony. Mr. Shen plays many recitals for the elderly and on a regular basis plays at nursing homes throughout the area.  

 

Darwin has played in a recital for the Sister Cities program that was recorded for Chinese television. His performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Danbury Symphony was described as being, "performed with warm, modest, unaffected brilliance plus…ease and flexibility…"

 

A versatile musician, Mr. Shen can sometimes be seen playing jazz, and even with tango groups. Darwin is a chamber coach for the Norwalk Youth Orchestra, was a consultant for the violin and viola syllabus for the Schubert Club and writes and arranges music.  He has performed with such groups as the Amor Artis Orchestra, The Fairfield County Chorale, Mendelssohn Choir, and Southern Connecticut Camerata

 

Darwin has taught privately and for Fairfield University as part of its adjunct faculty, Zera Musicland of Fairfield, Lessons in Schools of Norwalk and Project Music in Stamford . He is also the founder and director of the Violin Audition Prep Program.

 

Mr. Shen has recently released his first CD. Darwin Shen In Performance

Caroline Stinson - cello

Praised for her vibrant lyricism, fresh interpretations and expressive performances, cellist Caroline Stinson is sought after by orchestras and fellow musicians nationally and abroad for solo and chamber music concerts of both traditional and contemporary repertoire. Ms. Stinson's performance credits include Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Museum of Modern Art's Summergarden Series in New York, Boston's Gardner Museum, Washington D.C.'s Smithsonian in the United States; Germany's Koelner Philharmonie, Switzerland's Lucerne Festival and France's Cité de la Musique and Theatre at Rennes, in Europe, and the Centennial Centre and Winspear Halls in Canada. A champion of contemporary music, Ms. Stinson has recently joined forces with the acclaimed Lark Quarte+, renowned for its commissions of new works by some of today's foremost composers, including Aaron Jay Kernis, William Bolcom and Jennifer Higdon.

 

Caroline Stinson's 2010-11 season includes performances in the United States and Canada of repertoire ranging from chamber music to new solo works to Baroque Concerti. Highlights include the double-premiere of a new concerto for cello and winds by Steven Bryant with the Cornell Wind Ensemble and the Ridgewood Concert Band, and a solo tour of Alberta with performances for the Edmonton Recital Society, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and New Works Calgary, where she will premiere two new works for solo cello by T. Patrick Carrabre and John Link. Ms. Stinson premieres ensemble commissions by William Bolcom at Stanford University with the Lark Quarte+ (plus) Stephen Salters in January and a new work by Mark Grey with the Meme Ensemble and Jessica Rivera at Carnegie's Zankel Hall in March. Her debut CD, Lines, will be released this spring on Albany Records. Performances in recent seasons have included concerto performances with the Syracuse Symphony under Daniel Hege, recitals in New York for Bargemusic, in Oregon and Maryland with duo partner, Molly Morkoski, appearances at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland with Pierre Boulez conducting Elliott Carter's Triple Duo, and as a returning featured artist for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's International New Music Festival, where she appeared in multiple performances broadcast nationally on CBC Radio.

 

A popular collaborator, Ms. Stinson has played in New York and on tour with Accroche Note of France, the Bang On A Can All-Stars, Continuum, the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Sequitur, Ensemble Pi and NewBand (the Harry Partch Ensemble), and has performed with many leading artists in the field including Pierre Boulez, Pinchas Zukerman, guitarist Bill Frisell, violinist Andrew Dawes and pianist Gloria Cheng. Advocating for new music through premieres, commissions and recordings, she has worked with composers Ross Bauer, T. Patrick Carrabré, George Crumb, Peter Eötvös, Michael Gordon, John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, John Link, George Rochberg, Steven Stucky, Ushio Torikai, Andrew Waggoner, Anna Weesner and with Joan Tower, performing with the composer at the piano. . Collaborating in the dance arena, she has performed with Donlin Foreman, founder of Buglisi-Foreman Dance, live in improvisation at the Joyce Theatre in New York, Daniel Gwirtzman at St. Mark's and with Morphoses, the Wheeldon Company, live at City Center. Caroline continues to be active with several ensembles: Open End, a new music and free improvisation ensemble she founded in 2005 with her husband, composer Andrew Waggoner; the Grammy-nominated quartet Contrasts, and the cello quartet, CELLO.

 

In the last 9 years, Ms. Stinson has made 11 CDs for the Naxos, Albany, Koch International, Bridge, Phoenix, Capstone, Innova and Estile labels. The various works recorded include the Popper Requiem for three celli and orchestra with Maria Kliegel for Naxos; string quartets by Steven Stucky (Nell'ombra, nella luce) and Tina Davidson (The Delight of Angels), as well as Davidson's piano quintet, It is my Heart Singing, for Albany Records; and Daniel S. Godfrey's Romanza and String Quartet No. 3 on Koch. Caroline also appears on the Innova album Rest in music by Ushio Torikai with the ensemble Continuum. With Contrasts, a quartet in violin, clarinet, cello and piano formation, she has recorded Aaron Jay Kernis' Ballad for cello and piano, Trio In Red for clarinet trio, and Fanfare and Still Movement with Hymn for full quartet on an album to be released in 2010 on Phoenix Records. Through the Juilliard Artist Diploma Program, Ms. Stinson completed her debut solo CD Lines - repertoire that traces the influence of European composers of the last century through the roles of mentor and teacher on two subsequent generations of North American voices. The CD will be released on Albany Records this spring.

 

Caroline is the recipient of the 2007 J.B.C. Watkins Prize in Music from the Canada Council, first prize in the Hohnen Foundation Cello Competition of Germany, the American Music Award from the Seventeen/GM National Concerto Competition in the U.S., and has performed concerti as winner of competitions at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Interlochen Arts Camp, and at the invitation of Aldo Parisot, the Banff Center Orchestra. She is the recipient of prizes, grants and scholarships from the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Winspear Fund of Edmonton, the Anne Burrows Foundation of Edmonton and the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as fellowships from festivals and seminars including Aspen, Lucerne, Verbier, Sarasota, and the Piatigorsky Seminar for Cellists in Los Angeles.

 

In additional to her active performance career, Caroline Stinson is on the faculty of the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University in cello and chamber music, and in New York is a teaching assistant to Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School. She earned degrees with honors at the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Hochschule für Musik Köln (with First Prize), and completed her MasterÕs Degree as an Irene Diamond and Genevieve Kniese Chaudhuri Fellow at the Juilliard School. While at festivals and living in Germany, she had the opportunity to study in extended masterclass courses with Natalia Gutman, Boris Pergamenschikow, Siegfried Palm, Janos Starker and Aldo Parisot. Her principal teachers were, very gratefully, Tanya Prochazka, Alan Harris, Maria Kliegel, Frans Helmerson and Joel Krosnick. Born in Edmonton, Canada, Caroline lives in New York City with her husband.

Kathy Kozinski - violin and viola

Kathy Kozinski is a strings and general music teacher in Milford, CT. Prior to this position, she was the orchestra director at Greenwich High School. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied with renowned string pedagogue, Dr. Louis Bergonzi. During her time in Illinois, She served as President of the UIUC Chapter of the American String Teachers’ Association. She graduated in 2016 in the top 3% of her class. Kathy began study of the viola at the age of eight in her hometown of Norwalk, CT. She was a member of the Norwalk Youth Symphony for six years, and performed in the All-New England and CT All-State Orchestras. In her youth, she was the student of VAPP director, Darwin Shen. Outside of her public school teaching, Kathy teaches privately and continues to perform in symphony orchestras, pit orchestras for musicals, and chamber ensembles for private events.

Jennifer Chieffalo Burkhalter - cello

Jennifer Chieffalo Burkhalter was born and raised in Norwalk, CT and began her musical studies at the age of eight on the piano and cello.  In her childhood, she played cello with the Norwalk Youth Symphony, the CT All State and Western Regional Orchestras and was a student of Lois Errante.  After high school, Jennifer attended Ithaca College studying with Elizabeth Simkin and Heidi Hoffmann.  In 2007, she graduated magna cum laude with a dual degree in cello performance and music education.   At Ithaca, Jennifer served as principal cellist of the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.  She was also a member of the college’s Kulmusik contemporary chamber ensemble and was a founding member of the Ithaca College Cello Choir.

 

Currently, Jennifer is pursuing a master’s degree in Music and Music Education at Columbia University’s Teacher College in New York City. She is the orchestra director and music theory teacher at Norwalk High School and additionally serves as the orchestra chair for the CT Western Regional Orchestra.   Jennifer teaches cello privately in Fairfield County and is a sectional and chamber music coach with the Norwalk Youth Symphony.

Robert Isley - luthier

Luthier Robert Isley is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina and attended East Carolina University where he graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Music in Violin. After college he attended the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah graduating in 1985. He spent two years in the Amati Violin Shop of Houston, Texas he moved to Westchester County, New York in 1987 where he currently runs his own shop in Rye. In 1986, 1990 and 1992 he won Certificates of Merit for viola tone at the international competitions held by The Violin Society of America. He is a past member and treasurer of the board for the New York Viola Society and is a member of the American Federation of Violin & Bow Makers.

Andrew Armstrong - pianist, guest lecturer

Praised by critics for his passionate expression and dazzling technique, pianist Andrew Armstrong has delighted audiences around the world. He has performed solo recitals and appeared with orchestras in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States, including performances at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and Warsaw's National Philharmonic. He has performed with such conductors as Peter Oundjian, Itzhak Perlman, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and in chamber music with the Alexander, American, and Manhattan String Quartets, as a member of the Caramoor Virtuosi at the Caramoor International Music Festival, and as a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City.

 

Armstrong’s future engagements reflect his steadily growing career, performing with major orchestras, including debuts with the Vancouver Symphony, Omaha Symphony and San Antonio Symphony during 2009/10.

 

During the 2008/09 season, Armstrong is the soloist in Mozart’s Concerto K.488 at the Chautauqua Music Festival under the direction of Stefan Sanderling, before embracing Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with both the Fairfax Symphony (Gregory Vajda conducting) and the Nashville Symphony under Günther Herbig. He is also to appear with the Toledo, Fairfax, Augusta, Waukesha and Missoula symphonies, and overseas the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico.

 

2007/08 offered an array of engagements with the Florida Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Boise Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Tallahassee, Charlottesville, Stamford, Harrisburg, Bellevue and Ridgefield, among others. Last summer, he shared the stage with Jennifer Frautschi and Eward Arron to perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Peter Oundjian conducting. During the summer, he performed a pre-concert recital at the Mostly Mozart Festival.

 

During his 2006/07 season, Armstrong performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the the Charleston Symphony, Saint-Saëns’ 5th Piano Concerto with the Monterey Symphony in a return engagement, Prokofiev No. 3 with the Bridgeport Symphony, and Mozart’s A-major Concerto K. 488 in his debut with the Columbus Symphony under the baton of Günther Herbig. He also played two concertos at the Peninsula Music Festival (the Chopin F minor Concerto and Prokofiev No. 3 under V. Yampolsky) and Rachmaninov’s massive Concerto No. 3 with the Brevard Symphony, Florida. Earlier in 2006 he was the featured soloist with Naumburg Concerts at New York City’s Central Park (Mozart’s Concerto K. 491). In 2004 he performed the World Premiere of Lisa Bielawa’s “The Right Weather” for piano solo and chamber orchestra with the American Composers Orchestra at the sold-out Carnegie Zankel Hall.

 

Having performed over 35 concertos, Armstrong has impressed his international audiences with a large repertoire ranging from Bach to Babbit and beyond. Before beginning his career as a concert pianist, Armstrong received over 25 national and international First Prizes. In 1996, he was named Gilmore Young Artist. At the 1993 Van Cliburn Competition, where he was the youngest pianist entered, he received the Jury Discretionary Award. The New York Times wrote, "Armstrong may have been the most talented player in the competition....He's a real musician. We'll hear more from him." As the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported, Van Cliburn himself, "in a rare showing of enthusiasm for an individual competitor," called Mr. Armstrong "Fabulous! Fabulous!"

 

Andrew Armstrong’s debut CD, featuring Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Sonata and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, was released in 2004 to critical acclaim. The critic Bradley Bolen opined: “I have heard few pianists play [Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Sonata], recorded or in concert, with such dazzling clarity and confidence” (American Record Guide, Nov/Dec, 2004). His follow-up CD was issued in November 2007 on Cordelia Records and includes works by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, and the world premiere recording of Bielawa's Wait for piano & drone.

 

Andrew Armstrong is devoted to outreach programs and playing for children. In addition to his many concerts, his performances are heard regularly on National Public Radio and WQXR, New York City's premier classical music station.

Alexis Zingale - collaborative pianist


Alexis Zingale began her piano studies at the age of four and presented her first solo recital program at age nine.  Ms Zingale has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada as soloist and collaborator, and is among the most actively sought-after collaborators in New England.  Her collaborative repertoire includes hundreds of sonatas, concert pieces, art songs, arias and orchestral transcriptions.
Ms. Zingale studied with Edward Auer, Russell Hirshfield, Patricia Lutnes and Leena Kareoja-Crothers, and she has had significant coaching with Vladimir Feltsman. Her collaborative studies have been with George Taylor, Wendy Sharp, Dan Stepner, Oleh Krysa, Jean Barr, and Jody Rowitsch. She has performed in masterclasses with such artists as Boris Berman, Peter Frankl, Claude Frank, Angela Cheng and John Perry, and in collaborative masterclasses with such artists as Graham Johnson, Melvin Chen, and the Lydian String Quartet.

Her recent performance experiences vary from finalist at the Hugo Kauder International Music Competition for Piano and the Sorel Medallion in Collaborative Piano, accompanying entrants to the Naumberg International and Young Concert Artists International competitions, to solo and collaborative performance on the University of Maryland New Music Maryland series, and numerous performances on Neighborhood Music Schools Bach's Lunch and Faculty Fridays series. Notable venues for her performances include the Miller Theatre in New York City, Ed Landreth Hall at Texas Christian University, Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music, and Sprague Hall, Woolsey Hall and Battell Chapel in New Haven.

Ms. Zingale has performed as soloist and collaborator with the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, the Hamden Symphony Orchestra, and the Brevard Music Center Festival Orchestra, and with the Brevard Music Center faculty chamber ensemble. Ms. Zingale has given international and local premieres of new works by young composers. She performed on reed organ with the New Haven Oratorio Choir, and on harpsichord with new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. Ms. Zingale has recorded for Peer Music Classical and the Charles Ives Society, and her performances have been broadcast on Connecticut Public Radio.

Her Suzuki piano teacher training through Book 7 was with Katherine Monsour Barley, Mary Craig Powell, Doris Harrel, and Sue Vasquez. She is currently a piano faculty member and staff accompanist at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT and a faculty member at the Suzuki Music School of Westport.

Li-Pi Hsieh - collaborative pianist

Li-Pi Hsieh, pianist, was born in Taiwan where she began her early musical studies. While on concert tour in the Orient, renowned American pianist Richard Goode heard her play and suggested that she come to New York, where she continued her studies with him. Ms. Hsieh also studied with other famous pianists Claude Frank and Peter Serkin, and chamber music with Felix Galimir and Klaus Adam. Ms. Hsieh has performed both as a soloist and in chamber music groups in America, Canada, Europe and Asia. She has also collaborated with Cassatt, Manhattan, and Sequoia String Quartets, and with such artists as Cho-Liang Lin, and Aaron Rosand.

Her recordings include interpretations of the sonatas of Beethoven, Brahams, and Debussy with German violinist Wolfram Konig. She has participated in festivals in Ost-Friesland, Germany and Norfolk, CT and in the Arkandor festival in Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia. Ms. Hsieh has taught piano at Mt. Holyoke College, Smith College and Choate Rosemary Hall. Ms. Hsieh currently resides in Stamford, Connecticut USA where she conducts piano classes at her studio between concert appearances.

Allison Eldredge - guest speaker cellist

Heralded as “a musician of remarkable gifts” by the Chicago Tribune, Allison Eldredge has captivated audiences throughout the world with her deeply communicative tone and commanding technique.
 
On the occasion of her Carnegie Hall debut with Krzysztof Penderecki and the Warsaw Sinfonia, the New York Times hailed Ms. Eldredge as “an impassioned and focused soloist”. An Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, she has been performing in the foremost music centers of the United States, Europe, the Far East, and Latin America since childhood. Ms. Eldredge has performed as soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Boston Pops, New World Symphony, Utah Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, China National Symphony and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. She has performed with such distinguished conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Krzysztof Penderecki, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Hans Vonk, Sergiu Commissiona, and Keith Lockhart.
 

Ms. Eldredge has been the featured soloist in numerous orchestral tours including a North American and European tour with the Warsaw Sinfonia under Krzysztof Penderecki; a tour of England with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, including a concert in London at Queen Elizabeth Hall; and four tours of Israel with the Haifa Symphony. Of special interest was her travel to Russia for performances with the Moscow Virtuosi and Vladimir Spivakov, which culminated in a nationally televised gala concert, at the Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall. In America, her performances have included a special concert in tribute to cellist Pablo Casals at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico.
 
Ms. Eldredge’s most recent recordings include two CD’s on the Denon label: Music by Chopin and Fauré, and “If I Loved You”, arrangements of Broadway and film music for cello and piano, which were hailed by Fanfare Magazine as “passionate, illuminating and always enchanting”. Her other recordings include concertos by Lalo and Saint-Saëns with the Royal Philharmonic and Hans Vonk (Pony Canyon Classics); a recital disc with pianist Yoshie Akimoto (Pony Canyon Classics); and, “Romantic Duet”, an album of celebrated opera duets transcribed for violin, cello, and orchestra (BMG).
 
Ms. Eldredge’s radio and television credits include appearances on New York’s WQXR, Boston’s WGBH, Japan’s NHK-Radio, ABC’s Good Morning America and a performing arts documentary in which she appeared with Isaac Stern and Yo-Yo Ma for Japanese television. She also has the distinction of being invited to play at the White House. 


Sought after as a chamber musician, she has shared the stage with numerous acclaimed artists, such as Andre Previn, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gil Shaham. Her festival appearances include the Ravinia, Caramoor, Casals, Santa Fe, and Waterloo Festivals, the Colmar Festival in France, the Davos Festival in Switzerland, the Dvorak Festival in Prague, and the Johanessen International Festival in Victoria, BC. 


In 2011, Allison Eldredge founded the Foulger International Music Festival, and serves as its Artistic Director. The Festival brings together world-class artists and young aspiring musicians, and presents concerts in New York's Lincoln Center and Enlow Hall in Union, New Jersey. Previously, Ms. Eldredge served as Artistic Director of the Killington Music Festival for 6 seasons. 

 

  Born in New York City, Ms. Eldredge began her musical training on the piano at age three with her mother, concert pianist Yoshie Akimoto, and made her first public appearance at age six. At nine she switched to the cello and won her first competition within six months. Her teachers have included Harvey Shapiro and Felix Galimir at The Juilliard School, as well as Mstislav Rostropovich, Eleanore Schoenfeld and Joan Lunde. Now living in the Boston area with her husband, pianist Max Levinson, and their daughters Natalie and Jessica. Ms. Eldredge serves on the faculty at the New England Conservatory.

 
When taking a break from her musical activities, Ms. Eldredge enjoys cooking, scuba diving, horseback riding, and gardening.

http://www.allisoneldredege.com

Gerard Huerta - guest speaker - graphics designer

Gerard Huerta was educated at Art Center College of Design and began his professional career in 1974 as an album cover designer with CBS Records in New York. He left CBS in 1976 to start Gerard Huerta Design, Inc. and has been drawing letters and numbers ever since.

Herb Lubalin wrote in Print Magazine's Typography issue "Gerard Huerta, whose work is a throwback to the intricate, complicated and colorful style of the early 20th century cigar-box labels, never ceases to amaze me with the beauty of his design and technical proficiency." He has been featured in Money Magazine, The Penrose Annual, Typographic i, The Graphis Business Issue, How Magazine, Step-By-Step Magazine, Westport Magazine and the books Graphis Typography 1: Masters of Typography, and Friedrich Friedl's reference book Typography: When Who How.


Some of his logos and logotypes have included Swiss Army Brands, MSG Network, CBS Records Masterworks, Waldenbooks, Spelling Entertainment, Nabisco, Calvin Klein's Eternity, Type Directors Club, the mastheads of Time, Money, People, The Atlantic Monthly, PC Magazine, Adweek, Us, Conde Nast's Traveler, Working Mother, WordPerfect, Scientific American Explorations and Architectural Digest.

 

http:www.gerardhuerta.com

Krista Adams Santilli - guest speaker - soprano

Hailed by the Baltimore Sun as "vocally spectacular", lyric soprano Krista Adams Santilli has performed principal roles in operas, musicals, oratorios and plays and has concertized throughout the United States and on four continents. She has sung for international diplomats, royalty and Hollywood celebrities. A Classically trained soprano, Ms. Adams Santilli has been praised for her vast repertoire, which crosses a variety of musical genres, from gospel to opera, jazz to musical theatre.  Krista is a member of Actors' Equity Association, and in 2013, she made her Off-Broadway debut to much acclaim as Louise de Rênal in Deloss Brown's adaptation of the Stendhal classic, The Red and The Black.

Career highlights from the theatrical stage include Rigoletto (Gilda) with Cheju-do Opera, South Korea; The Singer (Ada Giacchetti) with Diamante Films International, Italy; The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel) with The Young Victorian Theatre Company, Baltimore, MD; Le Nozze di Figaro (Barbarina, Susanna cover) with Opera Birmingham, AL; Sweeney Todd (Johanna) with The Annapolis Chorale, MD; Agrippina (Poppea) with The Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy; The Fantasticks! (Luisa) with Live Arts Maryland; A Little Night Music (Anne Egerman) with Theatre Tuscaloosa, AL and Teddy and Alice (Edith Roosevelt) with Seven Angels Theatre, Waterbury, CT.  

Oratorio soloist appearances include: Bach's St. John Passion, Vivaldi's Gloria and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with The Annapolis Chorale, MD (J. Ernest Green, conductor) and Mozart's Grand Mass in c-minor with The Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra (Shinik Hahm, conductor).

A frequent recitalist and concertizer, noteworthy peformances include solo recitals at Carnegie Halls Weill Recital Hall; DAMS, Bologna, Italy and the Internationales Theater, Frankfurt, Germany; a concert tour in New South Wales, Australia, and a National Anthem performance at Giants Stadium. From 2009 to 2011 Krista toured around the country and abroad as the vocalist in more than 250 concerts with pianist and composer Eric Genuis, performing in a wide variety of venues, from concert halls to churches, schools to prisons, including the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Los Angeles, the Sears Center Arena in Chicago and the US Military Base at Fort Hood in Texas.

A native of Birmingham, AL, Krista graduated with a BM in vocal performance and a minor in Italian from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she was awarded a full vocal scholarship. She spent the two years following graduation studying and performing in Italy and Germany. Krista has sung on master classes with Elly Ameling, Dalton Baldwin and Richard Woitach. She has been recognized in such competitions as the state-level Metropolitan Opera Competition; the Mobile Opera Competition; the Young Artists Competition of the Birmingham Music Club; the state and regional-levels of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Competition; the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestras Young Artist Competition, NYC; and the the Connecticut Opera Theatre's Amici Vocal Competition, in which she was awarded both first prize and the Galli-Campi Award for the most promising coloratura. In 2008, Krista released her first solo album, Sacrae Notae, featuring some of Classical music's most beloved Sacred vocal works, and in 2012 she contributed to the soundtrack for the documentary film, Beyond These Walls.

Krista lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children.

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