Kristen Friend

Kristen F.

Urbanna, VA
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Lesson Details

French Horn

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Having performed with orchestras, bands, and chamber ensembles for many years, Kristen offers a wealth of knowledge to her students. She has a unique perspective as a band director, and she knows the expectations of your child's music teacher and of auditioned honors ensembles. She is also an experienced recitalist and can help students prepare for upcoming solo performances and auditions. Kristen values daily routine work as a way to establish and refine fundamental skills, and she loves helping students with performance anxiety and practice management. She is an enthusiastic and energetic teacher and can't wait to hear you play!
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About

Kristen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2009

Kristen Fowler is a Virginia-based hornist and music educator. She is currently the band director at Page Middle School in Gloucester County, and she freelances in the Richmond area. Recently, she held the position as second horn of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and she is a substitute musician with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her orchestral and educational pursuits, Kristen often creates and performs outreach concerts within her community. She has taught several private students over the years, and her band students frequently stay after for extra lessons.

She is also a frequent recitalist and will be performing at the Southeast Horn Workshop as well as the International Women's Brass Conference in 2017.

Kristen holds a M.M. in Horn Performance from Indiana University, where she studied with Jeff Nelsen. She also holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a B.A. in Music from Virginia Tech, where she studied with Wally Easter.

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Experience

Band Director
Aug 2016 - Present
Gloucester County Public Schools

Director of bands at Page Middle School
Assistant marching band director at Gloucester High School

Substitute Horn
Sep 2014 - Present
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

Second Horn
Sep 2014 - Apr 2016
Columbus Indiana Philharmonic

Performed traditional orchestral repertoire, pops concerts, and children's concerts

Education

Master of Music in Horn Performance
Aug 2014 - May 2016
Indiana University
Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction
May 2013 - May 2014
Virginia Tech
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Aug 2009 - May 2013
Virginia Tech

Certifications

Teaching License: Instrumental Music K-12
Jun 2014
Virginia Department of Education

Awards

Recital Presenter
Jun 2017
International Women's Brass Conference
Lecture Presenter
Mar 2017
Southeast Horn Workshop
Recital Tour
Apr 2016
Indiana University and Virginia Tech

Affiliations

International Horn Society
Feb 2016

Since 1970, The International Horn Society (IHS) has been an organization of people from around the world drawn together with a mutual interest in the horn. We are dedicated to the performance, teaching, composition, research, preservation, and promotion of the horn as a musical instrument.

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International Women's Brass Conference
Feb 2016

IWBC’s mission is to educate, develop, support, and promote women brass musicians while inspiring continued excellence and opportunities in the broader musical world. Membership is open to all women and men who would like to support this effort.

National Association for Music Edcuation
Feb 2016

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

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