A New York native, Kristen Sienkiewicz is Assistant Professor of Horn at Austin Peay
State University. She is in demand as a freelance and studio horn player in Nashville
and the broader region. She can be regularly heard playing with orchestras from Alabama
to Indiana, and as co-principal horn in Middle Tennessee's Gateway Chamber Orchestra.
Prior to moving to Tennessee she was an active chamber and orchestral horn player
in Boston and throughout New England. Since 2008 Dr. Sienkiewicz has performed with
Bala Chamber Brass, a Boston based brass quintet with international acclaim.
Dedicated to promoting a new standard for the brass quintet genre, Bala pursues and
premieres current repertoire that is engaging for audiences and performers alike.
Their three commercially available CDs, Revealed, Deus Ex Machina, and Passports,
all include a variety of such commissions and previously unrecorded works.
Dr. Sienkiewicz has served on the faculties of Southern New Hampshire University and
Gordon College, and taught and conducted at Boston University. At Austin Peay State
University she teaches horn and ear training, and conducts and coaches the horn choir
and brass ensembles.
Dr. Sienkiewicz earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in 2013 from Boston University,
the first horn player in the school's history to have earned the degree. She completed
her undergraduate work at the Eastman School of Music, where she received her Bachelor
of Music in both Horn Performance and Music Theory and was awarded the school's prestigious
Performer's Certificate. Kristen continued her studies in Boston at the New England
Conservatory, earning both her Master of Music and a Graduate Diploma with a concentration
in Music-in-Education. Dr. Sienkiewicz is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the National
Music Honor Society.