Kristen Rea is a dancing french hornist turned musical theater writer/composer and performance & leadership coach.
As a French Hornist, Kristen has recorded for motion pictures, television and recording artists and performed in orchestral and chamber music ensembles in LA and NYC with artists ranging from Randy Neuman to The Airborne Toxic Event. Kristen performs regularly as the featured soloist in the Tony and Emmy award-winning theatrical production, Blast! and Blast! The Music of Disney throughout the US and Japan, and theater pit orchestras including the 2016-2017 national tour of 42nd Street. Kristen has studied French Horn with Richard Todd, Robin Graham, Pete Nowlen, James Thatcher, Kristy Morrell, and Erik Ruske and is thankful to have been a performer and Assistant Director for the Disneyland All-American College Band earlier in her career which she credits as a transformational experience. Visit the STUDY MUSIC page for information on French Horn lessons with Kristen.
NEW WORKS FOR THE STAGE
Through her experiences performing with the Disneyland All-American College Band and in Blast!, Kristen developed a unique specialization in staged music productions that incorporate instrumental musicians as on-stage actors and dancers. Additionally, her study of Lyrics and Music at New Musicals, Inc. and BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop have opened doors for the creation of new works for the stage ranging from noise theatre to contemporary musical theatre. Original works include End of the Line (Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, TNNY Soundbites 5.0, NMI) and North Pole High (NMI).
ARTS EDUCATION & COACHING
Kristen has been a private French Horn instructor for 15+ years and served as a clinician at Disneyland for Disney Performing Arts where she taught the Tune In! workshop, and consulted on the development of new educational workshops and in-park entertainment. Kristen was the founding Director of Music for CITYstage, a performing arts education organization for inner-city youth in Los Angeles which she has helped build with the organization's founder, Emili Danz. It was here that she developed the basis for her performing arts-based leadership development program, Leadership in the Limelight. Kristen is also a performance and acting coach for instrumental and vocal musicians in NYC.
Kristen grew up in Placerville, CA -- the epicenter of California's gold rush. As a child, she spent much of her time in an art studio, building forts in the forest behind her home, traveling the state to perform with other young instrumentalists, and singing along to her mother's Rogers & Hammerstein albums when home alone. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California where she graduated magna cum laude and received the Vincent DeRosa Scholarship for french horn study. She also earned an MFA in music from the California Institute of the Arts where she took a cross-disciplinary approach to music by studying acting, directing, and playwriting in addition to French Horn performance and composition.