violin, viola, cello, vocals, piano, mandolin, guitar
Expert at fiddling and jazz improvisation, Cristina holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, and a Masters in Conducting for Orchestra, from Saint Cloud State University. She has produced an instructional video for fiddling through Mel Bay Publications entitled Anyone Can Play Country Fiddle, CDs entitled Inside the Heart of a Musician, Seaborn Breeze, and Spirit Wind, and many arrangements for string orchestra of fiddle music, jazz, Celtic, Scandinavian, Cajun, and original. She is a violinist and fiddler with over thirty years of experience. In symphonies, quartets, jazz ensembles, and folk/rock bands, her musical background includes influences in classical, jazz, Celtic, bluegrass, Scandinavian, and Texas swing fiddle.
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Previous performance groups include:
Paul Hayman, James Van Nuys, & Cristina
Temple of Rhythm
- Fullerton Symphony & Ketchikan Symphony (Concert Master)
- Black Hills Symphony & Juneau Symphony
- St. Cloud Symphony
- Windy Ridge (bluegrass fiddle)
- á la Modal (ethnic & jazz)
- Underground Jazz String Quartet (viola)
- Temple of Rhythm (reggae keyboards)
- South Plains Playboys (Texas swing)
- Flying T Chuckwagon (country)
- the CounterPlayers, (original, folk, rock, jazz, blues, reggae, bluegrass, new age)
- Fort Hays Wranglers (Western)
- Chinook (folk)
- the Sweet Potato (jazz string quartet on viola)
- Ring of Kerry (Celtic)
Has performed on stage with these famous people:
Bobby Vee (2004-2011)
Tom Paxton (1998 Spearfish, SD, Black Hills Folk Festival)
Steve Kaufman (1995 Rapid City, South Dakota)
The Moody Blues (1994 Lubbock Symphony, 1995 Black Hills Symphony)
David Grisman (1991 Boston)
Vassar Clements (1989 Haines, Alaska)
Gypsy Karavan Suite Pine Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
Performed October 23, 2008
Nebraska String Orchestra Teachers Convention, commissioned work How Swede it Is a medley of five Swedish folk dance tunes (Fall 2003) commissioned by Dave Klein, director Kearney High School orchestra.
Scandinavian Fiddle Suite commissioned by the Robbinsdale All District Orchestra, Robbinsdale, Minnesota (Fall 2000) available through Alfred Publishing/Highland Etling.
Teaching Artist Residencies:
2019 Barn Dance at Humphrey Elementary School, Waverly
2019 Jazz Fiddling at Saint John’s Prep, Collegeville
2019 South Middle School, Saint Cloud
2018 Jazz Fiddling at Buffalo High School, Buffalo
2018 Kimball Barn Dance, Kimball
2017 Fiddling at Technical High School, Saint Cloud
2017 Mississippi Heights Elementary School, Sauk Rapids
2016 Barn Dance at Rice Elementary School, Rice
2016 Monticello Orchestra Metís Fiddling, Monticello
2016 Fiddling at Kennedy School, Waite Park
2014 Apollo High School, Strings Around the World, Saint Cloud
2014 Saint Francis Xavier School, The Rhythm of Life, Sartell, MN
Orchestra Director for Seaborn Strings
Music Director for the Unity Spiritual Center in Sartell, Minnesota
Teaching Artist with the Central Minnesota Arts Board, doing residencies for high school orchestras, music teachers, and physical ed teachers who would like to learn to call barn dances.
Recording for a movie from India called The Colour of Darkness by Girish Makwana.
Performed with Random Road with Dalmar Yare for the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project, bringing together the African community in Saint Cloud, Minnesota.
Working with the leadership team of the Urantia Book Fellowship International Conference 2017 in Denver with the theme: Spread Your Wings.
2015 Performed in the Czech Republic with the Jubilee American Dance Theater, toured in Sweden.
2014 Orchestrated a musical, The Story of Ruth, with playwright Angela Thurston, with 3 readings in Massachusetts at the Angel House, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, and Harvard Divinity School.
2012-2013 Orchestra Director for Cathedral High School, Saint Cloud, Minnesota.
Living in St. Cloud, MN conducting fiddle orchestra at Saint John’s Prep School, performing with the St. Cloud Symphony, guest artist with Ring of Kerry, string section leader for Bobby Vee, and composing for string orchestra.
Performing, teaching and composing in the Black Hills has been a full life for Cristina. She is a valued part of the community through performing and by touching the lives of 50 private students of the violin, viola, mandolin and piano. She is coordinating a fiddle orchestra for the summer of 1998. Being part of many groups in Rapid City such as the Black Hills Chamber Orchestra, Black Hills String Quartet, Black Hills Symphony (musician’s representative to the Symphony Board), Director of BackRoom Productions (folk concert promotion), member of the Women’s Business Network, and violinist for the folk bands The CounterPlayers and Chinook. The Rapid City School District boasts a string program of 900 students (4-12). Cristina taught fiddle classes each summer at the Black Hills String Retreat. She has taught composition, improvisation, jazz and Celtic music in school workshops, and written fiddle tune arrangements for string orchestra that are performed by 300 seventh and eighth graders at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center each year in Rapid City.
The CounterPlayers performed at music festival throughout South Dakota, supported by the South Dakota Touring Arts grant. Styles of music included Celtic, jazz, bluegrass, classical, Bulgarian and Klezmir.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico