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I’m Kristen: VCA co-founder, lover of all things clarinet, and eager to share that knowledge!


This is my THIRTEENTH year teaching privately, and fifth year teaching in a virtual capacity.


I’ve guided clarinetists in the top programs in Texas, as well as students from across the world towards achieving their clarinet goals. My students have ranged in age from elementary learners to college students to adult enthusiasts.

As a teacher, my philosophy is simple: to understand students’ current ability, learning style, and goals, then present them with appropriate challenges in a learning environment that fosters a curiosity for life-long learning. 

My commitment to excellence stems from my own hours in the practice room. Practicing with direction yields results when it comes time to perform!  



  • Bachelor of Arts in Music, Crane School of Music ​

  • Master of Music in Clarinet Performance, University  of North Texas​

  • Finalist, 2014 ICA Young Artist Competition 

  • Finalist, 2015 Dallas Clarinet Colloquium Young Artist Competition

  • Freelance Clarinetist, DFW Metroplex

    • ​Regular substitute with Dallas Winds and Allen Philharmonic 

    • Clarinetist with Red River Lyric Opera since 2022

    • Performed in productions for Dallas Theatre Center, Lyric Stage, Theatre Three, and the Turtle Creek Chorale.


  • Ten years experience as a clarinet instructor in North Texas

  • Currently, I teach at Highland Park High School and online through VCA

  • My students are AMAZING. Here's what they've achieved over the years:

    • Top chairs in All-State Ensembles

    • 100% Studio Placement into 2021 All-Region Band

    • Acceptance to Texas Christian University, University of North Texas, and Baylor University as Music Performance Majors


  • I'm proud to be a D'Addario Woodwinds Method Clinician.

    • Since 2015, I've worked with hundreds of students each year to improve their tone, technique, and articulation.​

    • I've also helped current and future educators understand the basics of selecting equipment that fits the needs of their single reed students

  • Interested in setting up a FREE clinic for your students or professional development? Contact me or fill out this form.

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