Kristen Sienkiewicz is the Assistant Professor of Horn at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. She is in demand as a freelance and studio horn player in Nashville and the broader region, and performs 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. In 2008 she joined Bala 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 debut CD, Revealed, released in the Fall of 2014, consists entirely of such commissions and previously unrecorded works. Bala’s second CD, Deus Ex Machina, is a cutting-edge steampunk opera by Robert J. Bradshaw featuring vintage Victorian sounds and brass quintet. Global Music Awards named Deus Ex Machina among the top ten of albums 2015. The quintet’s third CD, Passports, was released in February 2017. Consisting of Latin arrangements and original compositions for brass quintet and percussion, our goal is to bring a spark of this spicy musical world to brass enthusiasts and music lovers alike.
Dr. Sienkiewicz has served on the faculties of Southern New Hampshire University and Gordon College, and has taught and conducted at Boston University and the BU Tanglewood Institute. At Austin Peay State University she teaches horn, music theory, and aural skills, and conducts and coaches the horn choir and brass ensembles.
Dr. Sienkiewicz earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in 2013 from Boston University under the tutelage of Eric Ruske, 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. She 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.