A performer, writer, music and stage director, composer/lyricist, and voice instructor, Kristen has taught vocal instruction both privately and on the University level for Western Carolina University and Mars Hill College. She is the co-creator and composer/lyricist for A Ghost of Christmas Past, a femme-forward retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with adapted script by Ashlee Wasmund. Additionally, she has composed a standalone piece for tenor and soprano called Our Roots Took Hold, blending the sounds of Appalachia with classical singing and exploring the connections between humans and birds. Kristen has written two books, Big Lily’s Rent-A-Belly and God Is Not a Bully: A Not-So-Churchy Memoir. Her poem, “On Becoming Water”, was published in Touchstone – the journal of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.
A crossover artist, Kristen enjoys a freelance regional career in musical theatre and opera. Her former students can be seen on the stages of regional houses, theme parks, cruise ships, National and International Tours, Off Broadway and Broadway companies. Additionally, Kristen enjoys working as guest voice instructor for Terrence Mann and Charlotte d’Amboise’s Triple Arts musical theatre intensive.
Kristen received her Master of Music from the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at UNC School of the Arts. Additionally, she earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance (UNC School of the Arts) and a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre (Catawba College).
Kristen lives down a winding road in the Smoky Mountains with her husband, two hound dogs and Norwegian clown-cat. When not creating art, Kristen is an active birder. She also enjoys making soap, kombucha, and mead.
To schedule a private vocal lesson with Kristen, please use the contact form on this site. Remote and in-person lessons are available.
(photo by Meghan Rolfe)