Competitively, Kristen won first place in both the Joseph and Ida Klatzkin Contemporary Solo Keyboard Music Competition and the Musicfest Young Musicians Competition. She regularly worked with choirs during her time in Phoenix, serving as the pianist for both the Arizona State University Men’s Chorus and the Barrett Honors Choir. Kristen has performed as guest artist at Grand Canyon University, been heard on KBAQ 89.5FM in Phoenix, Arizona, and been featured in masterclasses by Martin Katz, Awadagin Pratt, John O’Conor, Opus Two, and the Orion String Quartet.
An Arizona native, Kristen earned her Master of Music in Collaborative Piano Performance (2012) at Arizona State University, studying under Dr. Andrew Campbell, and was the recipient of the Special Talent Award during the two years of her degree program. Kristen also holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance (2010) from Arizona State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude, studying under Walter Cosand. Kristen is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano Performance and is a graduate teaching assistant at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, under the instruction of Dr. James Douglass.