Kristopher Apple

Kristopher A.

La Mesa, CA

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Kristopher delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 2003

I am a violinist with over ten years of professional experience working as a performer, composer, dance accompanist, and educator for schools, colleges, universities, dance companies, and theater companies. I began violin studies when I was 8 years old and grew up playing in school and community orchestras. After high school, I went on to study violin performance and composition at San Diego State University, where I earned a Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Performance Studies.
As an educator, I have experience teaching classes and private lessons in violin, composition, music theory, and music software to students of all ages and skill levels. I strive to help students gain proficiency on their instruments as well as inspire them to deepen their curiosity and interest in music. As a teacher, I can provide students with a comprehensive foundation of music fundamentals and help them apply their musical knowledge to their individual interests.

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Dance Accompanist, Composer, and Performer
May 2016 - Present
Mira Costa College

•Live musical accompaniment for Modern and Ballet dance classes
•Compose and Perform original music for faculty dance concerts

Dance Accompanist, Composer, and Performer
Jan 2012 - Present
UC San Diego

•Live musical accompaniment for Contemporary and Ballet dance classes
•Compose and perform original music for theater and dance productions

Music Director
Jan 2012 - Present
TranscenDANCE Youth Arts Project

Music Direction, original music composition, and sound design for
• 2017 San Diego International Airport Artist Residency
• 2012–2017 Summer Create Program

Violinist, Composer, Performer, Dance Accompanist
Jan 2008 - Present
Independent Artist

Worked for numerous colleges, universities, dance companies, theater companies, and independent artists including Joshua Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta de Baja California, Lamb’s Players Theatre, Diversionary Theater, Animal Cracker Conspiracy Puppet Theater Company, LIVE Collaborative Dance Theater, The PGK Dance Projects, San Diego Dance Theater, Somebodies Dance Theater, Leslie Seiters/Little Known Dance Theater, Joe Alter Dance Group, Patricia Sandback and Dancers, Mojalet Dance Collective, IMAGOmoves, Wallpaper Performance Company, Grossmont College Dance Department, Mesa College Dance Department, Mira Costa Dance Department, Palomar Community College, UC San Diego Department of Theater and Dance, Coronado School of the Arts, and So Say We All’s Incoming.

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Studio Faculty
Jan 2007 - May 2016
San Diego State University School of Music and Dance

Dance Accompanist:
•Accompany dance classes including all levels of modern,
choreography, and improvisation.
•Guest lecturer including instruction and demonstration of live musical
accompaniment for dance
classes, music editing and arranging for dancers, and aural skills for
•Compose and perform original music and sound design for student
and faculty dance productions.

Production Manager/Technical Director:
•Generate production schedules for all dance productions.
•Manage crews, ushers, designers, and choreographers for all dance
•Direct and Stage Manage all dance technical rehearsals, dress
rehearsals, and performances.
•Manage inventory, including maintenance and updates, for all dance
theater light, sound, and video equipment, hardware, and software.

Guest Lecturer
•Dance Pedagogy: individual lectures on music composition and
accompaniment for dance instruction.
•Choreography: individual lectures on interdisciplinary practices for
dance making.
•Digital Media: individual lectures instruction on digital media
practices for dance making.
•Dance Production: individual lectures and instruction on operating
lights, sound, and video for dance productions.

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Music Teacher
Jan 2004 - Jul 2007
Museum School

Private violin instruction, class strings, class piano, class recorders, aural skills, and music notation.

Substitute Teacher
Jan 2005 - Jun 2007
San Diego City Schools

Substitute teacher for K-12.


Master of Arts, Interdisciplinary Performance Studies
Aug 2012 - May 2014
San Diego State University
Bachelor of Music, cum laude
Aug 2001 - May 2005
San Diego State University
Community Music School
Jan 1999 - Jun 2001
Joshua Academy of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Creative Catalyst Fellow
Jan 2015
San Diego Foundation
San Diego Young Choreographers Prize
Jan 2012
San Diego Dance Theater
Meet the Composers
Jan 2010
New York State Council of the Arts

Photos & Videos

Original music composed and performed by Kristopher Apple for the dance work, "I AM NOT/I AM," by choreographer Sadie Weinberg.
Photo by Kristopher A.

Performing with Animal Cracker Conspiracy Puppet Company at the City Heights Library.

Original music I composed and performed for, Near Lifetimes, a dance work by choreographer Dina Apple.
Photo by Kristopher A.

I'm looking forward to meeting new violin and composition students!
Performing with music and dance ensemble Odd&Even at Studio C in El Cajon.

Performing at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego with projections by Jennifer Steinkamp.

Performing at the Museum of Contemporary Art's Sherwood Auditorium with TranscenDANCE Youth Arts Project.
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