Upcoming Events

Flying Forms
St. Paul, MN
Handel: Messiah
3.18.16 - 3.20.16
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Pacific Baroque Orchestra
Vancouver, BC
Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
Telemann: Concerto for Three Trumpets
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Montana Early Music Festival
Hamilton, Butte, Bozeman, and Helena, MT
Bach: B Minor Mass
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St. Andrew's-Wesley Church, Vancouver, BC
Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass

Three Notch’d Road and Choralis
Washington, DC
Bach: Cantata 50
Handel: Let the Bright Seraphim
Handel: Worthy is the Lamb
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Seattle Pro Musica and Pacific MusicWorks baroque orchestra
Seattle, WA
Bach: B minor Mass
8PM St. James Cathedral
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Pacific Musicworks
Seattle, WA
Gluck: Orphee
Meany Theater, UW campus
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Acclaimed for her ‘sterling tone’ in the New York TimesKris Kwapis appears regularly as soloist and principal trumpet with period-instrument ensembles across North America, including Portland Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Vancouver, Pacific MusicWorks, Bach Collegium San Diego, Oregon Bach Festival, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Chicago’s Haymarket Opera Company, Bach Society of Minnesota, Callipygian Players, Bourbon Baroque, and Lyra Baroque, making music with directors such as Andrew Parrott, Monica Huggett, Alexander Weimann, Barthold Kuijken, Matthew Halls, Jacques Ogg, and Masaaki Suzuki.  Her playing is heard on Kleos, Naxos, ReZound, Lyrichord, Musica Omnia and Dorian labels, including the 2013 GRAMMY nominated recording of Handel’s Israel in Egypt, and broadcast on CBC, WNYC, WQED (Pittsburgh), Portland All-Classical (KQAC), Sunday Baroque and Wisconsin Public Radio.


Kris is the Director of La Voce di Gabriele and former Artistic Director of Spiritus Collective.  A student of Armando Ghitalla on modern trumpet, with a BM and MM in trumpet performance from the University of Michigan, Dr. Kwapis holds a DMA in historical performance, and lectures on historical brass performance practice with recent appearances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, University of Wyoming, University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Louisville, Madison Early Music Festival, Pacific Lutheran University and Rutgers University.


Dr. Kwapis enjoys sharing her passion with the next generation of performers as a faculty member at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music Historical Performance Institute (teaching cornetto and baroque trumpet), is on faculty at Seattle’s Cornish School of the Arts in addition to teaching at her home in Seattle and online.


photo by Frances Gaul

photo by Frances Gaul


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