Kristin Benes
Vista, CA
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Kristin Benes

Kristin B.

Vista, CA
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Beginner, Intermediate
I want to serve as a supportive and instructional figure that helps cultivate an appreciation of music for all students. In order to do this, I believe it's important to prioritize personal student progress rather than subscribe to a fixed game plan. That being said I take on a relaxed adaptive teaching style that tailors to the student. It's my hope that all students feel comfortable working and discussing music topics with me as I believe thoughtful conversations, whether straightforward or abstract, is an essential learning technique.

About Kristin B.

I am a classically trained violist and string instrument enthusiast, born and raised in the Chicagoland area. I attended and graduated from Western Michigan University with a BM in music performance and have since worked as a music teacher in San Diego. I am the strings director at Double Peak School in San Marcos and the resident violist for Zene Strings quartet. I am also an active freelance musician that performs with various ensembles across San Diego.

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Experience

Principal Violist
Jan 2020 - Present

San Diego Music Coterie

Orchestra Director
Oct 2018 - Present

Double Peak School

Violist
Jan 2017 - Oct 2018

MiraCosta Symphony Orchestra

Principal Violist
Mar 2015 - May 2015

West Michigan Opera Project

Performance of Puccini's opera Sour Angelica.

Ensemble Member & Soloist
Jan 2011 - Apr 2015

Western Michigan University - Collegium Musicum

Performing on viola & viola da gamba.

Viola Section Member
Sep 2010 - Apr 2015

Western Michigan University - University Symphony Orchestra

Ensemble Member
Oct 2014 - Mar 2015

Early Music Michigan (EMM)

Served as an ensemble member during the 2014-2015 season; soloed in March 2015 concert in Kalamazoo, MI.

Substitute
Aug 2014 - Sep 2014

West Michigan Symphony

Education

Viola Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2015

Western Michigan University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Awards

College of Fine Arts Faculty Fellowship Grant
Sep 2011

Western Michigan University

Provost Scholaship
Aug 2010

Western Michigan University

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