Born in California, Kristen grew up involved in various musical activities from choirs to orchestras, the most significant being her study of the piano. She earned her BM from Biola University and her MA from San Jose State University.
Kristen began teaching young piano students in 1987 and is a certified Suzuki Piano Instructor. She has enjoyed working with the littlest children as young as 3 years old as well as adjudicating and teaching for various camps and festivals.
In addition to teaching, Kristen has been actively performing in chamber music concerts while in California and currently in the Four Corners Area.