Upcoming Events

Montana Early Music Festival
Helena, Missoula, Bozeman,Butte, MT
1.17-21.19
Bach Christmas Oratorio
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Seattle Recorder Society
Seattle, WA
3.1.19
Lecture: “Sound an Alarm: Or, How to Play Trumpet Calls Without Getting Thrown in Jail”
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Urbana 415
Champaign-Urbana, IL and Indianapolis, IN
3.29.19 and 3.31.19
Handel Messiah
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Early Music Vancouver
Vancouver, BC
4.14.19
Handel Coronation Odes and Ode for Queen Mary
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Portland Baroque
Portland, OR
4.26.19-4.28.19
Mozart Jupiter Symphony, Piano Concerto 24
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Pacific MusicWorks
Seattle, WA
5.3.18-5.4.19
Handel Samson
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Baroque Music Festival
Corona del Mar, CA
6.30.19
Bach Magnificat and Orchestral Suite No. 4
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Staunton Music Festival
Staunton, VA
8.16.19 – 8.25.19
Highlights include: Handel Theodora, Mozart Magic Flute, Beethoven Symphony No. 3, Bach Tönet ihr Pauken, Rittler Ciaconna
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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, Staunton Music Festival, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Chicago’s Haymarket Opera Company, Tafelmusik, 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.

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 appearances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, University of Wyoming, University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Louisville, Madison Early Music Festival, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Recorder Society, 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) in addition to teaching at her home in Seattle and online. When not making music, Kris explores the visual art medium of encaustic painting.

photo by Frances Gaul

photo by Frances Gaul

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