This concert is free and open to the public.
Kristine West-Denton has performed across the country, in Canada, and Germany as a soloist and collaborative pianist. She recently retired from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she taught at Grinnell College, Coe College and Fort Hays State University.
She was a frequent soloist with the Erie Philharmonic and played keyboards for the Erie Philharmonic, Erie Chamber Orchestra and the Bemus Bay Pops. She performed on live broadcasts from WKSU (Kent, OH), WCLV (Cleveland) and WQLN (Erie) in collaborative performances. She administered and performed in a free concert series at the Erie County Public Library and served on the Arts Council of Erie.
A concert review from the Badische Zeitung (Freiburg, Germany) called her “an excellent soloist and an intelligent and sensitive accompanist” while a recipient of a Collaborative Fulbright Grant.
She attended the vocal accompanying program at the Music Academy of the West and the vocal and instrumental programs of the Blossom Festival School, studying with Martin Katz, Warren Jones and Cleveland Orchestra members.
A native of Minnesota, Kristine received degrees from the University of Iowa (DMA), Kent State University, and Augsburg College (Mpls). Her principal teachers were Kenneth Amada, Margaret Baxtresser and Jim Johnson.
Jenna McBride-Harris, has enjoyed a varied freelance career performing and teaching in Ohio, Minnesota, and more recently as one of the horn faculty instructors at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. After earning her Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, McBride-Harris moved to Ohio where she earned her masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and The Ohio State University respectively. In Ohio, she held positions as second horn in the Canton and Kentucky Symphony Orchestras and enjoyed performing with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, and West Virginia Symphony Orchestra among others. She was a founding member of two chamber ensembles; the Ohio River Brass Quintet, and JplaysH, a horn and harp duo. Jenna relocated to the Twin Cities in August of 2017 where she has enjoyed performing with the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Opera, presented masterclasses all over the metro area, and has established a private teaching studio in St. Paul. McBride-Harris is also a founding member of two new Twin Cities based chamber ensembles, the North Star Winds and Minnesota’s premiere horn trio, SixtyThreeFeet.