MAC Music Instructor wins Jasper Project Artist of the Year

Congratulations to Kristen Harris, our violin and viola instructor, for winning Artist of the Year from The Jasper Project!

Since 2011, The Jasper Project has taken the opportunity to highlight some of the artists from our community who have had particularly good years. After community nomination, a panel of expert judges awarded Kristen Harris the Music award for 2019 Artist of the Year.

From Kristen Harris’ Bio
In addition to being the South Carolina State Fiddle Champion for 2019, Harris’s performances include the Jam Room Music Festival, the Freeway Music Festival, Arts & Draughts, Southeast Regional Folk Alliance, (Chattanooga, TN) Official showcase all with Boomtown Trio. She performed at The Mothlight and at the Crow and Quill, and Sierra Nevada Brewing, all in Asheville, NC, and at Prohibition in Charleston with Resonant Rogues; as well as at Haynes Auditorium (Batesburg-Leesville, SC) with Blue Iguanas bluegrass band; at Saluda Shoals Park Jazz Series, and Cola Jazz Fest with Flat Out Strangers; at the Papa Jazz Session for SceneSC and at the White Mule with Dirty Gone Dolas and at St. Pat’s in Five Points with Boomtown Waifs. She hosted the “Raucous Square Dance” (Columbia, SC) in January 2019, played at the First Baptist Christmas Pageant, and toured the United Kingdom with The Resonant Rogues from Asheville, including 24 performances throughout England, Scotland, and Wales in July 2019. Her recordings include pieces with the Resonant Rogues “Autumn of the World” May 2019, Kelley McLachlan “Misty Valley” June 2019, and Boomtown Trio “Wild Wanderer”. Harris is a Violin teacher at Suzuki Academy of Columbia, Midlands Arts Conservatory, and Freeway Music, a Masterclass Clinician at Suzuki Association of SC Festival, and an adjudicator for SC Music Educators’ Association Orchestra Concert Performance.