Kristen Harris received her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Oregon, where she studied violin with Fritz Gearhart. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of South Carolina, where she studied with Dr. William Terwilliger and taught at the USC String Project under the direction of Dr. Gail Barnes. Kristen has been teaching Suzuki violin method since 2007, has taught private lessons and group classes in the Suzuki Academy of Columbia program since 2011, and has also taught grades 6-8 orchestra at Kelly Mill Middle School in Blythewood, SC. Her students actively participate in regional youth orchestras and have won prestigious fiddle competitions such as the South Carolina State Fiddling Championship, Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention, and Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention. A multi-instrumentalist, Kristen is an active musician in the Southeast and performs and records regularly with musical groups of various genres ranging from classical, old time, swing, and country, to bluegrass and rock, and has toured across the United States and in the United Kingdom. She is a member of the local gypsy jazz group Flat Out Strangers and the Americana group Boomtown Trio, and is a two-time South Carolina State Fiddle Champion (2013 and 2019).