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), and the Jasper Magazine Artist of the Year for 2019. 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 Harris started playing violin at age 5, when a boy in her kindergarten class played Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star for show-and-tell. She raced home that day and asked her mom if she could learn to play, and she has been hooked ever since! She received 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 Suzuki violin method since 2007, has taught private lessons and group classes in the Suzuki Academy of Columbia program since 2011, and also taught grades 6-8 orchestra at Kelly Mill Middle School in Blythewood, SC. Her students actively participate in local youth orchestras, 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