Kristen Powell, Bassoon
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Kristen Powell


HCD Bassoon Faculty Kristen PowellPerformer and educator Kristen Powell is an upcoming orchestral and chamber musician based in Connecticut. Fueled by a passion for teaching students of all ages to appreciate the value of music in their lives, Kristen provides a comprehensive education of the bassoon, while delivering outstanding performances of a wide variety of repertoire.

As a music educator, Kristen has extensive experience teaching children of all ages. Her philosophy is that musical learning should be comprehensive, focusing on developing the many different aspects of musical knowledge. While she believes every bassoon student needs a solid foundation of technique, this comprehensive approach leads to her students being more well-rounded, thoughtful, and independent young musicians. She is excited to be joining the faculty of the Hartt School Community Division this fall.

Her recent performances include appearances with the Hartt ensembles, playing bassoon and contrabassoon in the Hartt Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Foot in the Door Ensemble. Kristen performs chamber music extensively as the bassoonist in Hartt’s Performance 20/20 Ensemble, an honors chamber music program designed for musicians who are especially dedicated to performing difficult chamber music at a professional level. In addition to this, Kristen actively performs as a freelance bassoonist with various other orchestras throughout Connecticut, including Hartford Opera Theater, Manchester Symphony, Connecticut Valley Symphony, and others.

Originally from Northern New Jersey, Kristen has loved music her whole life. Her formal training began in her 5th grade band, where she immediately fell in love with performing music and hasn’t stopped since. Kristen graduated magna cum laude from The Hartt School with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She is currently continuing her studies at The Hartt School, pursuing a Master’s degree in Bassoon Performance under the tutelage of Marc Goldberg. In her free time, Kristen enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and exploring new places.

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that every student can be successful when given effective and methodical guidance. This philosophy carries through into the execution of my lessons, which I strive to make as consistent as possible. Especially since most of my students have been beginners playing for the first time, I have realized that this is the only way to ensure they develop good habits from the beginning. Throughout every segment, I incorporate multiple musical concepts (especially when putting things in theoretical and historical contexts) because I believe that comprehensive musicianship is the key to my students’ success.