A violinist and fiddler, Kristen is an active musician in the Southeastern US and performs and records regularly with musical groups of various genres ranging from orchestras and chamber ensembles to old time, gypsy jazz, swing, bluegrass, and country, and has toured across the United States and in the United Kingdom. She is a two-time South Carolina State Fiddling Champion (2013 and 2019), the Jasper Magazine Artist of the Year for 2019, and was featured in the Summer 2020 Edition of Fiddler Magazine. Kristen performs frequently as a solo artist and with local groups Boomtown Trio, Flat Out Strangers, Parker's Back, and the Resonant Rogues (Asheville, NC).
Kristen earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Oregon, where she studied violin with Fritz Gearhart, and received her Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of South Carolina, where she studied with Dr. William Terwilliger and taught at the USC String Project under the direction of Dr. Gail Barnes. Kristen has been teaching the Suzuki violin method since 2007, has taught for the Suzuki Academy of Columbia & UofSC program since 2011, and also taught grades 6-8 orchestra at Kelly Mill Middle School in Blythewood, SC. She currently is adjunct professor of Suzuki Pedagogy and String Methods at University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. Her students actively participate in local youth, region and all-state orchestras, and have won prestigious fiddle competitions such as the South Carolina State Fiddling Championship, Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention, and Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention.
Kristen appears on the following albums:
Boomtown Trio "Wild Wanderer" 2020
Kristen Harris & Borger Wiggle "Borger Wiggle" 2020
Resonant Rogues "Autumn of the World" 2019
Kelley McLachlan "Misty Valley" 2019
Chris Compton "Furtherville" 2018
Bemo Prince "Has Been That Never Was" 2016
Cole Connor "Soda" 2016
Prairie Willows "White Lies" 2015
Danny Joe Machado "Danascus" 2015
Pocket Buddha "Planting Hands" 2015