When you meet Kirsten, ask her… What does she miss about Lubbock? Does she love teaching? Where is her favorite travel destination?
Dr. Kirsten Yon is currently Associate Professor of Violin and Chair of the String Division at the University of Houston Moores School of Music, and previously graced the faculty of Texas Tech University for eight years. Her active solo career includes recital engagements and masterclasses throughout the United States (including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall), Brazil, Czech Republic, England, South Korea, Honduras, Mexico, Germany, France, Iceland, and Norway. Previously on the faculty of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Dr. Yon has additionally taught at the International Music Academy Pilsen (Czech Republic) and the Nathan Schwartzman String Festival (Uberlândia, Brazil).
A versatile orchestral musician, Professor Yon has held concertmaster chairs with the Bayou City Chamber Orchestra, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the Caprock Pro Musica Sinfonietta, Ballet Lubbock, and the Cypress Symphony, and has also performed with diverse ensembles including the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO), Aperio, the baroque ensemble Ars Lyrica, and the contemporary ensemble, Musiqa. As a lauded chamber musician, Yon has founded the Champlain Piano Trio, the Archiano Ensemble, the Karlin Trio, and the Botticelli String Quartet.
Dedicated to musical outreach at all levels, Yon is founder and Artistic Director of Encuentro de Cuerdas, a pedagogical outreach program in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Dr. Yon spends her summers teaching and performing at the Texas Music Festival, ARIA International Summer Academy (Massachusetts), Cedar Valley Chamber Music (Iowa), the Naolinco International Music Festival (Mexico), and the Cambridge International Summer Academy (England). Her major teachers included Stephen Shipps, William Preucil, David Updegraff, and Kathleen Winkler. Apart from teaching and playing the violin, she loves cooking, reading, yoga, and spending time with her two rescue puppies Remy and Bella!