Kristina Setka

Kristina S.

Rochester, NY

About Kristina S.

Kristina teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: 2008
Last sign in: Within a month


A vivacious and passionate educator and performer, Kristina received her Masters in Clarinet Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music where she held the Graduate Teaching Assistantship for instructing MUE-221 Clarinet Methods. At Eastman, Kristina was a member of the Eastman Philharmonia, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, a founding member of Trio Ario, and performed with Ossia, a student managed contemporary music ensemble.

Currently, Kristina is a Teaching Artist for Sistema Ravinia's Harza Nucleo, bringing intensive after school El Sistema music program to elementary and middle school students of Lake County. In addition, Kristina has an active private studio in the greater Chicago area.

Kristina’s principal teachers include Kenneth Grant, Larry Combs, Julie DeRoche, Susan Warner, Deborah Chodacki and Nancy Mathison. Kristina holds a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance, Magna Cum Laude, from DePaul University and is an alumna of Interlochen Arts Academy.

Kristina has performed in master classes for Ricardo Morales, Michel Lethiec, Mark Nuccio and Jon Manasse. In 2013, Kristina made her international solo debut in Chåteauneuf, France. Kristina can be heard on the Eastman Wind Ensemble's most recent album.

In addition to music engagements, Kristina is a 300-hour Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, and enjoys cooking and hiking.


Scheduling Disclaimer:
Please message me before scheduling lessons to verify that I have the availability to be at your students' location at your preferred times.
I input my general availability into the calendar, however it does not account for commuting times between teaching engagements. Depending on your location in the greater Rochester area, my lesson availability my vary.

A student's weekly lesson time is decided based on a mutually agreed upon time. If the student needs to reschedule their lesson, the instructor will do her best to accommodate the student's needs. Reoccurring lessons are confirmed and scheduled minimum of one week in advance.

I look forward to being in touch.

Photos and Videos

Graduate Recital - 2015


Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2016 - Present
Eastman School of Music

Teach secondary clarinet lessons to students of University of Rochester, and assist with Music Education for Special Learners.

Clarinet Instructor
Aug 2014 - Present
Private Studio

Teach in-home clarinet lessons for students of all ages in the greater Rochester area specializing in students with special needs and learning differences. (previously located in Chicago, IL)

Teaching Artist - Clarinet
Sep 2015 - Jun 2016
Sistema Ravinia

Teach group clarinet lessons, band, woodwind sectionals, and orchestra for Sistema Ravinia, an El Sistema after school program serving Lake County elementary and middle schools.

Clarinet Instructor
Aug 2014 - Jun 2015
Parkminster School of Music

Taught clarinet for the students of Parkminster Music School

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2013 - May 2015
Eastman School of Music

Taught MUE-221 Clarinet Class, created curricula and course schedules, regularly communicated with students and the head of the Education Department, executed my lesson plans resulting in weekly student achievements, and conducted evaluations on students’ performance and pedagogical success.


Masters of Music in Music Education
Aug 2016 - Present
Eastman School of Music
Masters of Music in Clarinet Performance and Literature
Aug 2013 - May 2015
Eastman School of Music - University of Rochester
Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance
Aug 2009 - Jun 2013
DePaul University
High School Diploma - Clarinet
Sep 2008 - May 2009
Interlochen Arts Academy

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency


300-hr Yoga Teacher Certification
Jun 2014
Jivamukti Yoga


Music Performance Award
Mar 2011
DePaul University
The John and Anastasia Graven Endowed Award for Excellence in Music
Mar 2009
DePaul University School of Music
Presidential Scholar Award
Mar 2009
DePaul University


International Clarinet Association
Aug 2006

The International Clarinet Association is a community of clarinetists and clarinet enthusiasts that supports projects that will benefit clarinet performance; provides opportunities for the exchange of ideas, materials, and information among its members; fosters the composition, publication, recording, and distribution of music for the clarinet; encourages the research and manufacture of a more definitive clarinet; avoids commercialism in any form while encouraging communication and cooperation among clarinetists and the music industry; and encourages and promotes the performance and teaching of a wide variety of repertoire for the clarinet.

1 Review on Kristina S.

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Rami A. Nov 23, 2015
· Clarinet · In home Punctual, dedicated, patient and compassionate. Couldn't recommend her more, especially for children. Great instructor all around!
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