Kristina is excited and honored to step onto the stage for this incredible production recounting the tragedy of the Princess Sophia. Born and raised in Juneau, Kristina has performed on local stages since the age of four as both a vocalist and instrumentalist. By day, she is the finance associate at Sealaska Heritage Institute and by night, Kristina thrives within the musical community of Juneau. This year, she can be seen performing in the Taku Winds Concert Band, the annual Afternoon of Ave Marias, and in various other groups around town including the Juneau Symphony, the upcoming November concert marking her fifteenth season as a part of the French horn section.
Vocalist, instrumentalist, arranger, composer, and director, Kristina loves to perform as much as she possibly can. She studied piano for six years and joined the Alaska Youth Choir shortly after, singing and touring with the group for four years. Kristina studied French Horn with her father starting in sixth grade and performed as a handbell ringer with her mother and the Chapel Bell Ringers beginning in eighth grade. In high school, she was selected for the All-Southeast Alaska Honor Band, both All-State choir and band, All-Northwest Honor Band, and the Sound of America National Honor Band for one year during its 2005 tour of Europe. Kristina studied Instrumental Musical Performance at the University of Washington and went on to earn her Bachelors of Business Administration at the University of Alaska Southeast. Notably, she founded, directed, arranged for, and sang in the a cappella group Alaskapella while attending the University of Alaska Southeast. The vocal organization grew from four members to thirty within two years and, in its fifth year, performed at Carnegie Hall.
Kristina has been a part of the opera scene since middle school, performing first in Tosca under the direction of William Todd Hunt as a member of the pit orchestra. She has continued to participate in many performances over the following years, but always as a French horn player admiring the voices above. Kristina is delighted to make her debut opera singing appearance in Princess Sophia.